Carrying out the great commission
Carrying out the Great Commission
Lesson Objective: To continue to understand the importance of evangelizing and how we can utilize our gifts to teach and make disciples using small groups as one of the desired methodologies.
Scriptures: Matthew 28: 19-10; John 21:6; Matthew 9:17
Memory Verse: Matthew 28: 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
- The Great Commission ( Matthew 28: 19-20) and the Great Commandment(s)( Mark 12: 30-31) are seen by most Christians as the commandments for action foundations for which comes our beliefs.
- There are several requirements for we as Christians in-order to carry out the Great Commission
- We must accept change in our lives:
- Christ discussed putting new wine in old wineskin- Matthew 9:17
- We must understand that sometimes we need new direction in our lives – John 21:6
- Christ discussed with Nicodemus the need to be born again- John 3: 1-4
- We must be willing to change our priorities -Matthew 19: 20-22
- Accepting the Holy Spirit \
- Day of Pentecost- Acts 1:4 and Acts 2:4
- Holy Spirit received by accepting the word of God- Acts 10: 44-48
- Using our God Given Gifts
- We all have gifts for the uplifting of the kingdom 1 Corinthians 12: 3-11
- God expects us to use our gifts (talents) – Matthew 25: 14-30
- Fruit is similar to gifts- Galatians 5:22 ( entire Chapter)
- Christ words to Peter the same to us- John 21: 15-19
- Examples of sharing God’s word thru small groups:
- Acts 2: 46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
- Acts Chapter 10 – Peter and Cornelius
- Acts 18
7Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. 8Crispus, the synagogue ruler, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized.
24Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 25He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor[b] and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.
- In another case, Paul reminded the Ephesian elders that he had exhorted them both “publicly and from house to house.” (Acts 20:20) In this passage, “publicly” probably refers to the school room of Tyrannus (Acts 19:9). But Paul did not limit his speaking ministry to the large meeting place, even though one was available. He also worked “from house to house.”
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Why small study groups…
Both New Testament example and principle argue for small home-sized groups as a key feature of the local church. In the area of biblical example, Acts 2:46 states that the Jerusalem church met “in the temple” and “from house to house . . .” Concerning the meetings in the Temple, we know that Solomon’s portico was probably quite large, and could have accommodated even the several thousands that were a part of the Jerusalem church. Thus, in Jerusalem, they held both large and small group meetings.
Clearly, they did not feel the large meetings were enough by themselves. It should be obvious that an impersonal atmosphere will result if we only hold only very large meetings. The local church should encourage a network of close relationships in its congregation because real community must be based on close relationships. Smaller group meeting formats such as those described in this passage would be ideal for fostering such relationships.
Paul apparently refers to several home churches in the city of Rome (Romans 16: 4, 10, 11, 14, 15,). In I Cor. 14:35 he mentions “churches” in the plural, after having already referred to “the church of God which is at Corinth,” (I Corinthians 1:2) in the singular.
Excerpt below and also give you things to beware:
Jesus met with non Christians:
Although his own ministry had been specifically to Israel, Jesus sent his apostles to the Gentiles with the Great Commission and ascended to heaven while a cloud concealed him from their sight.
Jesus often met with society’s outcasts, such as the publicani (Imperial tax collectors who were despised for extorting money), including the apostle Matthew; when the Pharisees objected to meeting with sinners rather than the righteous, Jesus replied that it was the sick who need a physician, not the healthy (Matt 9:9–13). According to Luke and John, Jesus also made efforts to extend his ministry to the Samaritans, who followed a different form of the Israelite religion. This is reflected in his preaching to the Samaritans of Sychar, resulting in their conversion (John 4:1–42).