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Evangelism: Reaching Others for Christ (3 of 5)
Matthew 22:37-39; Matthew 28:19-20
This series is built on two most important scriptures of the Bible
The Great Commandment:
37 '''Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'
38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' (NIV)
The Great Commission
19 ''go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.'' (NIV)
There are 5 purposes defined for each of us in these two selections of verses that make up the totality of God's purposes in our lives individually and for the church collectively.
These five purposes are the foundation of this series of messages.
''Love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind''
''Love your neighbor as yourself''
''Go make disciples''
''Teaching them to obey''
Today I want to look at the subject of ''Evangelism''
''Go make disciples''
When God created Adam he commanded him saying
28 ''Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.'' (NIV)
It was God's intent that man would occupy the earth with himself in co-ruler ship with Him.
Of course that plan was thwarted by sin! Man though did fill the earth with himself.
The second Adam, Jesus Christ, gave the command in our scripture reading today.
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, ''All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.'' (NIV)
His intent was that we would likewise be fruitful and multiply and take back the earth for the Glory of God the Father.
It started with Jesus Christ and was to be carried on by his disciples. Paul the apostle caught the intent of this when he wrote in
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (NIV)
22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church. . .(NIV)
Because of this authority we are to be fruitful spiritually and replenish the earth with those who know Him and are submitted to him.
Jesus Christ became the second Adam and established a new kind of people forgiven by God's grace and empowered by God's Spirit and commissioned to go forth and make disciples.
Jesus did that ...
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