Sermon Outline

Make It Personal – How Has God Called You to Live?

Ryan Leak

Sunday October 23, 2016

 

Theme –  Before returning to Heaven, Jesus gave His followers instructions we call The Great Commission.  Essentially, the Great Commission tells us to go out into the world to make disciples, baptize, and to teach.   This is an assignment Christians can easily fulfill on a daily basis.


The Great Commission

  • Matthew 28: 18-20 records part of Jesus’ instructions for what we, today, call The Great Commission– “And Jesus came and spoke to them saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”

  • It is the responsibility of each Christian to take what is received in church and bring it into the outside world.

  • There are practical ways each of us can reach family, friends, and others with whom we come in contact.


The local church’s loss of focus on the Great Commission

  • It is possible the local church has lost the urgency to practice the Great Commission.

  • Many people have lost enthusiasm for being involved in a local church, and have embraced excuses not to regularly attend church.  Common excuses for non-involvement may include: church is boring, busy schedules, misperceptions about what happens in a modern church service, bad experiences with church leaders and/or other Christians, or not feeling good enough to go to church.

  • We can’t control who comes to church, but we can control where we go.


Out in the community

  • Only eight percent of Jesus’ miracles happened during a church service.

Example:  Luke 13: 10-13 – “Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.  And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up.  But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.”  And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.”

  • The great majority of Jesus’ miracles took place when He was out in his community.

  • God will heal and transform lives in a church service.  However, it is our responsibility to use the blessings we have in church to help others.     Ephesians 4: 11-12 – “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,”


Practical ways to practice the Great Commission

  • Share with others why you have hope.  1 Peter 3: 15 – “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;”

  • Share your own story / testimony.  Example: the man whom Jesus healed in John 9.  Your testimony is your best weapon to fulfill the Great Commission.

  • Be kind and generous.                                                                                            1 Peter 3: 8-9 – “Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.”

Romans 2:4 – “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?”

 

Being engaged

  • Jesus told us to be engaged in our communities (and was an example of this.)

  • Each of us can ask those who serve us in the local community, “Is there anything I can pray for you?”

  • Each of us can do intentional acts of kindness to those we come across.

  • We have daily opportunities to change lives by blessing those with whom we come in contact.

 

Reflective Questions – Make It Personal: How Has God Called You to Live?

  1. In your own words, describe Jesus’ Great Commission.

  2. How does the Great Commission involve more than planting churches in foreign countries?  (SeeMatthew 28: 18-20,Mark 16: 15-18,Luke 24: 46-49, andActs 1: 8.)

  3. Share an example of how you have seen other Christians obey the Great Commission.  

  4. Do you have an example of how you yourself recently obeyed the Great Commission?