The second teaching session is beginning.
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Pastor David Platt is leading this teaching session under the heading of “Call.” He’s teaching from Matthew 28:16-20 on the Great Commission Christ has given His people. Here’s the outline for David’s message, followed by some brief commentary and memorable lines.
David is sharing about a recent mission trip to India. Two believers, who had become discouraged in their attempt to make disciples, finally began to see fruit as they shared Christ. They began to make disciples who, in turn, began to make disciples.
Five years ago, no one was receptive to their message. Now, many are coming to Jesus Christ. Churches have begun in 350 different villages in Northern India.
I want to be a part of something that can only be explained by God. No pastor, network, nothing.
Now David is reading his passage Matthew 28:16-20. His sermon outline:
As Disciples of Jesus…
- Let’s believe in the authority of Christ.
- Jesus is not just the personal Lord and Savior over us.
- Jesus is the universal Lord and Savior over all.
- He has authority over nature and nations.
- He has authority over disease and demons.
- He has authority over sin and death.
- He has authority over our life.
- He has authority over every life.
- Jesus’ authority compels us to go.
- His worth is the fuel of our mission.
- His worship is the goal of our mission.
- Jesus’ authority gives us confidence as we go.
- This gospel will save .
- This mission will succeed .
- Let’s obey the command of Christ.
- This is not a comfortable call for most Christians to come, be baptized, and sit in one location.
- This is a costly command for every Christian to go, baptize, and make disciples of all nations.
- Jesus’ introduction in Matthew 4: Every follower of Jesus is a fisher of men.
- Jesus’ conclusion in Matthew 28: Every disciple is a disciple-maker.
- We share the Word.
- We speak about the gospel as we live according to the gospel.
- We show the Word.
- Baptism symbolizes identification with the person of Christ and inclusion in the body of Christ.
- We teach the Word.
- We don’t just receive the Word; we reproduce the Word.
- We serve the world.
- This is not just a general command to make disciples among as many people as possible.
- This is a specific command to make disciples among every people group in the world.
- As we make disciples of all nations, we will multiply churches among all nations.
- Let’s depend on the presence of Christ.
- This mission is not based on who we are or what we can do.
- This mission is based on who Jesus is and what He is able to do in and through our lives.
- Together, let’s experience the power of His presence with us.
- Together, let’s hope in the promise of His return for us.
Several memorable quotes (some slightly paraphrased):
- As Christians and as the church, if we’re going to be good at anything, it needs to be making disciples
- God has this whole thing rigged (God’s sovereignty in the task of making disciples).
- You will plateau in your relationship with Christ unless you begin leading others to follow Christ.
- Ordinary disciples were doing extraordinary things for the kingdom (the early church’s witness in Acts)
- Whatever our calling or vocation at the moment, our task is the same – make disciples.
- As we make disciples of all nations, we will multiply churches in all nations.
- In the book of Acts you have the people of God, the Word of God, and the Spirit of God. And that’s enough.
- What if every disciple in your church made one disciple in the next year?
- Let’s put down small dreams. Let’s put down selfish ambition. Let’s give Jesus a blank check.
The one question David is leaving everyone with, “What is one specific way you sense God speaking to you tonight?”
He is encouraging people to share the answer to this question with those around them.
This teaching session is followed by a time for a break and for reflection based on what has been said so far. We’ll return for a conversation between Francis Chan, David Platt, and Todd Proctor.