Tom Scott - 3/05/2015
Jesus shared some last words with his followers before leaving this world to return home to Heaven. We call these words the Great Commission. In that commission we find the directive to go and make disciples of all nations. The church must become intentional about making disciples for Jesus.
Date: May 4, 2015
Those of you anticipating the release of the new Star Wars movie will know what today is in pop culture. People will greet one another with the phrase, “May the Fourth be with you.” Some people are true fans of the movie series. They can tell you all about the characters, the planets, and the special effects. Some can quote lines from all six movies and will dress up in costume for parties and conventions. These individuals are devoted followers of Star Wars.
As Christians, we are to be devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Before leaving this planet, Jesus gave his followers some last minute instructions. Today, we call these last words of Jesus the Great Commission. Sunday morning we spent some time reviewing these instructions with a focus on what it takes to make disciples for the Lord. Here are five questions to help us to reflect upon that message.
1. This weekend was a huge opportunity to talk sports. There were several playoffs being played, the NFL draft was taking place, and Jr. won the NASCAR race. When you think about followers of a movie, cult, or sports team, what images come to mind?
2. The first of three prongs which I presented during the message on making disciples is to teach Biblical truths. Peter told the early church that his message came from God and not from some fairy tale he created. The scriptures were given to us so that we might pass them on to others. What do you find to be the greatest hindrance when it comes to sharing scriptures with your family and friends?
3. A second prong in the disciple making process is modeling Christ-like behavior. Paul tells the Corinthians to follow his example as he follows the example of Christ. We need to be role models of what it means to be a Christian in our world today. How are we setting the example for the next generation when it comes to our speech, life, love, faith, and purity?
4. For the third prong in the process, I talked about the importance of encouraging spiritual growth. Jude was one of several New Testament writers who included words of encouragement in their letters because they understood the struggles the early Christians were having. Paul tells the Thessalonians to encourage one another and build each other up. Who do you know right now who could use some encouragement when it comes to their spiritual growth?
5. Billy Sunday said more than a hundred years ago: “There would not be so many non-church goers if there was not so many non-going churches.” Those words still ring true today. We need to be a church that is committed to fulfilling the great commission. If you were asked in a survey where your focus was when it came to Christianity, how would you respond?
This message was meant to inspire us to keep our focus on the main thing as a congregation. It is easy to lose track of what we are about when you look out across the landscape of our world today, but Jesus brings us back to the center of the ring. Let’s remain focused on making disciples for the Lord until His return.
Join me next week as we celebrate Mother’s Day and kick off a new series of messages that deals with the family. We will be looking at words of wisdom from the book of Proverbs. This coming Lord’s Day we will look at Parenting These Days. Moms, we have a special gift waiting for you Sunday morning.