THE GREAT COMMISSION -- DO WE REALLY CONSIDER IT TO BE A COMMAND?

THE GREAT COMMISSION IS A COMMAND, NOT AN OPTION. It is the basic strategy that Jesus gave us to expand His Kingdom and cause Church growth.

Entering into a covenant relationship with Jesus by yielding to His Lordship, becoming His disciple, and entering His Kingdom is the essence of Christianity.

He is the Lord of lords and the King of all kings.

He is the Supreme Ruler of the universe and He is the Head of His Church.

We enter His Kingdom by rejecting the kingdom of darkness and entering into the Kingdom of God through the new birth.

When we enter His Kingdom we acknowledge His Lordship and a new lifestyle of "OBEDIENCE" to the King begins.

The thing that I see missing from the institutional church and even in the Church itself is OBEDIENCE to the King.

The word "KING-DOM" means the King's domain and all kings rule their kingdoms through decrees and commands.

We give lip service, but where is the genuine lifestyle of obedience that He requires from His subjects?


WHAT IS THE GREAT COMMISSION?

For this section of the Covenant Kingdom website, we want to examine and delve into what has been commonly referred to as "The Great Commission".

I want to rephrase this and call it "The Great Co-Mission" because it requires both the the Master and the disciple to be involved in its completion.

The great commission fundamentally involves aspects of covenant, good news, relational Christianity, and the kingdom of God.

Let's look at the Scriptures that give us the commands:

MATTHEW 28:18-20 -- "And Jesus to to them saying, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

MARK 16:15-18 -- "And He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who have believed; in My name they shall cast out demons, they shall speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it shall not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."

These are the two Scriptures that give us the component parts of the great commission.

Let's examine them.

First, Matthew 28:18-20

  1. Go
  2. Make disciples of all the nations
  3. Baptize them
  4. Teach them to obey commands of Jesus
  5. Jesus is with us

Second, Mark 16:15-18

  1. Go
  2. Preach the gospel to everyone
  3. Baptize them
  4. Power signs will accompany us
    • Cast our demons
    • Speak in new tongues
    • Pick up serpents and not be hurt
    • If poisoned - no effect
    • Lay hands on the sick & heal them


THE FOLLOWING TOPICS ARE COMPONENTS OF THE GREAT CO-MISSION AND WILL BE COVERED IN THIS SECTION

If you put these two Scriptures together and take the separate points from each Scripture we can put the points together as follows:

    1. Go -- reach out -- "evangelism"
    2. Preach the gospel to everyone
    3. Baptize them
    4. Make disciples
    5. Teach them to obey
    6. Power signs will accompany us
    7. Jesus will be with us

I will also expand on the subjects of:

    • Casting out demons
    • Speaking in new tongues
    • Handling serpents
    • Dealing with being poisoned
    • Healing the sick

Matthew 28:16 and Mark 16: 14 tells us that Jesus gave this command to His eleven remaining disciples before He was taken up to heaven.

These eleven men were the beginning of the Church ("ekklesia") that Jesus said He would build (Matthew 16:18).

Therefore, the command was given to the Church in general because it grew from these eleven disciples to what it is today.

Many in the Church do not comply with this command given by Jesus we call the great commission because they think it is too hard for them to do, or that it only applies to those called to be missionaries to foreign lands.

His command is not hard and I will show you how easy it is for you to become an obedient servant to the Master and fulfill His desires.

1 John 5:3 --"For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome."

1 John 2:3--"By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments."

Matthew 11:30--"For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

John 14:15--"If you love Me, you will keep My commandments."

OBEDIENCE TO THE GREAT CO-MISSION IS NOT OPTIONAL !!



Let's go to the next page and examine the difference between "church growth" and "kingdom expansion".


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