Envision: The Great Commission (1 of 4) by James Merritt

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ENVISION: THE GREAT COMMISSION
James Merritt
MARK 1:17; MATTHEW 28:18-20

INTRODUCTION

1. I AM ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED AFTER HAVING LIVED A HALF CENTURY THERE IS NOTHING MORE POWERFUL THAN A VISION. EVERY GREAT INSTITUTION, EVERY GREAT INVENTION, EVERY GREAT INNOVATION KNOWN TO THE HUMAN RACE HAS BEEN THE RESULT OF SOMEBODY’S VISION. THIS PAST MONTH WE HAVE ASKED YOU TO ENVISION A CHURCH FILLED WITH FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST, WHO GIVE EVERYTHING THEY HAVE AND EVERYTHING THEY ARE TO DOING THREE THINGS 24/7: LOVE GOD, SERVE OTHERS, SHARE THEIR STORY. IT ALL BEGINS WITH LOVING GOD. WE HAVE LEARNED THAT IS THE GREAT COMMANDMENT. EVERYTHING WE DO OUGHT TO FLOW FROM A LOVE FOR GOD. WE BELIEVE IF YOU LOVE GOD YOU WILL SERVE OTHERS AND YOU WILL SHARE YOUR STORY.

2. WE TALKED ABOUT SERVING OTHERS – THAT IS THE GREAT COMMITMENT, BECAUSE JESUS HIMSELF SAID HE “DID NOT COME TO BE SERVED.” JUST AS THE GREATEST JOY OF CHRISTMAS COMES NOT FROM GETTING, BUT FROM GIVING, THE GREATEST JOY OF LIFE COMES, NOT FROM BEING SERVED, BUT SERVING. IT IS OUR DETERMINATION TO HELP EVERY PERSON AT CROSS POINTE FIND A PLACE OF SERVICE, WHETHER IT BE INSIDE THIS CHURCH ON SUNDAY OR OUTSIDE THIS CHURCH DURING THE WEEK.

3. TODAY, WE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE LAST PART OF OUR MISSION STATEMENT WHICH IS SHARING YOUR STORY. WE BELIEVE IF YOU LOVE GOD, YOU WANT OTHERS TO KNOW ABOUT THE LOVE OF GOD, SO THEY, TOO, WILL LOVE GOD.

4. IT WAS IN VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL. I WAS SIX YEARS OLD IN THE FIRST GRADE AND I WAS TAUGHT A SONG THAT HAS STUCK WITH ME EVER SINCE THAT TIME. IN FACT, EVERY TIME I READ A PARTICULAR VERSE IN THE BIBLE I REMEMBER THIS SONG. FIRST I WILL GIVE YOU THE SONG AND THEN I WILL GIVE YOU THE VERSE.

I WILL MAKE YOU FISHERS OF MEN, FISHERS OF MEN, FISHERS OF MEN.
I WILL MAKE YOU FISHERS OF MEN IF YOU WILL FOLLOW ME.

IF YOU WILL FOLLOW ME, IF YOU WILL FOLLOW ME, I WILL MAKE YOU FISHERS OF MEN, IF YOU WILL FOLLOW ME.

5. THAT IS THE SONG. IT IS BASED ON THIS VERSE
"FOLLOW ME, AND I WILL MAKE YOU BECOME FISHERS OF MEN.” (MARK 1:17, NASB)

6. HONESTLY, I DIDN’T UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT MEANT THEN AS A SIX YEAR OLD BOY, BUT IT WAS NOT LONG AFTER I SURRENDERED MY LIFE TO JESUS CHRIST, THREE YEARS LATER, THAT I BEGAN TO ASK WHAT THAT DID MEAN, BECAUSE JESUS SAID THAT BEING A FISHER OF MEN WOULD BE A CHARACTERISTIC OF EVERY FOLLOWER OF CHRIST. I WANT TO REPEAT THAT-BEING A FISHER OF MEN IS TO BE A CHARACTERISTIC OF EVERY FOLLOWER OF CHRIST.

7. WITH THAT THOUGHT IN MIND, I WANT TO ASK A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS.
(1) DO I BELIEVE THAT THE PRESENCE OF GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST CAN RADICALLY CHANGE AND TRANSFORM A PERSON’S LIFE? HONESTLY, YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT IF YOU ARE A FOLLOWER OF CHRIST. WHEN YOU DECIDED TO BECOME A FOLLOWER OF CHRIST, HE DID CHANGE YOUR LIFE OR ELSE YOU WOULD NOT CONTINUE FOLLOWING HIM.

8. HERE IS THE SECOND QUESTION I WANT TO ASK.
(2) DO I ACTUALLY BELIEVE THAT MY RELATIVES, MY FRIENDS, MY NEIGHBORS, AND MY ...


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