Standing On His Promise (3 of 3) by Tony Nester

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Standing On His Promise (3 of 3)
Our Mission Is To Make Disciples
Tony Nester
Matthew 28:16-20

Jesus' last words to his disciples contained this
promise: "I am with you always, to the end of the
age."

This promise of his presence has been a source of
continuing comfort to Christian throughout the ages.
When we Christians hear the 23rd Psalm we identify
that Scripture with Jesus who is our shepherd. He
goes with us through all the difficult and painful
times of our lives, including the valley of the shadow
of death. Whatever we face as Christians we face with
Jesus at our side.

The Apostle Paul witnessed to the presence of Jesus in
his life when he wrote in Philippians 4:13 (NRSV): I
can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Again, in Romans 8:38-39, he writes:

{38}For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things
to come, nor powers, {39} nor height, nor depth, nor
anything else in all creation, will be able to
separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our
Lord.

Jesus is our companion, our shepherd, an inner
presence who strengthens us and keeps revealing to us
the amazing love of God.

But this morning I want us to explore what it means
for Jesus to be present, not to us individually, but
present to us as the church. The promise of Matthew
28:20 was a promise give to the church and not to
isolated individuals: "Remember, I am with you
always, to the end of the age."

Two weeks ago we saw how Jesus prefaced this call to
mission by asserting his authority. "All authority in
heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore,
make disciples . . .". This is why the mission is all
about him and not about us.

Then last week we saw how the mission focuses our
attention on undiscipled people. The mission field is
everywhere: here where we live as well as throughout
the world. Mission is not a f ...


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