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REDISCOVERING THE CHURCH IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Tape Three, Rediscovering the Great Commission
By Pastor Fenton Moorhead
... as if Jesus were speaking personally to us, for that is His intention right now, for us, as His
church. And it is important to think of the situation that, if you were going to say something to somebody,
and you want it to be remembered, because of it's importance, and the destiny of the people involved, and
all the people they will touch, then you see the momentous importance of these words, where they are
placed, what they are all about.
Jesus had a plan A for His church, He did not have a plan B. It's important to see that. And these
words express His plan A, His intentions, what He desired that His people would be, and what they would
be about, what their priorities would be, what their resources would be invested in. That of His intention,
His mission for His church expressed in what we call The Great Commission, The Great Commission.
And it's found in three places in scripture, in two gospels and in the book of Acts, as we have it
before us. And this is nothing less than the marching orders of Jesus to His army, and we should be
incredibly humbled by this, that He would place the future of His continuing ministry on planet earth, in the
hands of such a fragile group of men and
women that were gathered together at that time in His Name, and say, "This is My plan, this is how I want
the kingdom of God to be accomplished on earth."
And so as we hear these words today, we should be awe struck, that we are included in this as His
followers today. And if we're going to be a church that's ready for the 21st Century, we must go back and
hear these words as they were originally spoken, and they must have their original impact on us today.
Jesus said, as quoted in Matthew 28:18-20, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to
Me. Therefore go ...
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