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Fellowship: Belonging (4 of 5)
Series: Five Purposes
This series is built on two of the 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 ''Fellowship''
In the text that we read of the great Commission, there are three verbs that are used.
Each of these is a part of the command to ''Make disciples''.
Going, baptizing and teaching are essential elements in the discipleship process.
At first glance you might ask yourself, why the Great Commission gives such prominence to the simple act of baptism as it does to the great task evangelism and teaching.
Obviously, Jesus did not mention it by accident.
Why was baptism so important to warrant this inclusion in the Great Commission?
I believe it is because it symbolizes one of the great purposes of the church and of our lives individually.
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