Sermon Outline

Make It Personal – Where Has God Called You to Go?

Pastor Stephen Hayes

Sunday October 30, 2016


Theme –  In the Great Commission, Jesus told us to “go.”  To be able to “go” we: have to be determined to stay in the right place until we hear from God, have to have prepared ourselves to be ready to go when the time comes, and must be determined to finish the task.

God is faithful to His covenants

  • God is the originator of all covenant agreements between Him and us.  He is faithful to all those agreements.

  • The Great Commission is a covenant agreement where Jesus gave us instructions and promised to be with us.

  • 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.”

Be prepared to hear from God

  • We must prepare ourselves to hear from God.  It is unlikely we will hear from God if we have not allowed ourselves to be calm and quiet.  (What is your own personal place to be quiet and hear?)

  • 1 Samuel 17: 26-57 tells the story of David killing Goliath.

  • 1 Samuel 17: 26 records David’s reaction to Goliath as being, “Just who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

  • David felt, and expressed, an offense to Goliath the other Israelites apparently did not feel as strongly.   David likely was more sensitive to the offense God was taking to Goliath because David had just previously been alone with God – in the peaceful quiet – as he tended sheep.

God is on our side

  • Billy Graham is quoted as having said, “Courage is contagious.  When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.”  

  • We should take courage that God is on our side when we fulfill the Great Commission.

  • 1 Kings 19 tells the story of Elijah running from Queen Jezebel, and being comforted and sustained by an angel.  God sustained Elijah through all the challenges.

  • Elijah was finally able to hear God’s voice after he was rested and calm (1 Kings 19: 12-13.)  

  • Likewise, we should establish our own “quiet place” to hear from God.  “But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret.  And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6)

Be purposed to stay

  • To hear from God we must be planted in the right place, and determined to stay there, until God speaks.

  • 1 Kings 19: 16-18 tells how both King Jehu and the prophet Elisha had remained faithful to God even though many other Israelites had taken on false religions.  

  • They remained purposed to the things of God and were eventually called by God to do great works in His name.

  • There are incredible opportunities for each of us – that God has been keeping for each of us.

Be positioned to go

  • We must be prepared to go when it is time to go.

  • 1 Kings 19: 19-21 tells how Elisha quickly cut all ties to his past when Elijah suddenly said it was time to move.

Be pledged to finish

  • We must be determined to finish our mission.

  • 2 Kings 2: 1-15 recounts the final transition of authority from Elijah to Elisha.  Elisha was determined to follow Elijah anywhere.  And, when the time came for the final transition, Elisha knew exactly what to ask for (a double portion of Elijah’s spirit – v.9.)

Your part of the Great Commission

  • God has gone ahead of you to prepare the situations in which you will be used for great purposes.

  • One famous quotation says, “To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.”

  • The simple things we do will have profound, long-lasting effects when we follow Jesus’ Great Commission.

Reflective Questions for Make it Personal: Where Has God Called You to Go?

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

  2. Why is it often necessary to be calm and quiet in order to hear from God?  Do you have a story from your own experience where you have heard from God when you were at peace?

  3. What is your understanding of what Pastor Stephen meant when he said in order to hear from God we must be “purposed to stay?”  “positioned to go?”  “pledged to finish?”

  4. Recall an instance in your life – that no one likely remembers other than you – where one person had a profound impact on you.