Day Five

Week Nine - Day Five
How will I succeed in obeying this mission?

LISTEN

1 Corinthians 2:3-5 - And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trem- bling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

2 Corinthians 5:20 - Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his ap- peal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

LEARN

When we think of the apostle Paul, we may imagine a very gifted public speaker, preacher, evangelist, a well-educated theologian, learned in the Scriptures and very e ective at winning souls for Christ. But when Paul wrote his first letter to the Corin- thian church, he described his weak and fearful condition. Before writing to Corinth, he had been beaten and imprisoned in Philippi, run out of Thessalonica and Berea and sco ed at in Athens. He had not been an e ective missionary.

It is a common misperception to assume that success in the Great Commission hinges on whether or not you have brought someone to Christ. Paul was not always a successful missionary and evangelist. But, he lived committed to the call to “Go.” Success in the Great Commission is living the Christian life daily, inviting others to know Jesus and trusting God for the results.

Paul continued to persevere in spite of the hardships and opposition he faced. How was this possible? Because he trusted in the principles found in the Great Commis- sion. God does the work; because we are his agents we cannot fail. It is all God’s work. The only way we can fail is if we don’t “Go”. Knowing this removed the pres- sure of success from Paul and should for us as well.

In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians he says, “we are ambassadors for Christ” to others, appealing to them to “be reconciled to God” (2 Cor 5:20). We won’t be able to convince or manipulate someone with smooth words to follow Jesus. Paul’s desire for people to know Jesus flows out of him; he “implores” or begs people to consider Jesus. He poured himself out at great cost! Read 2 Corinthians 11:16-33 to see what Paul endured to “implore” others on behalf of Christ.

Here we see a beautiful combination of a deep love for others and a strong trust in God’s work. Paul loved people and trusted God, and we must do the same. Com- pelled by earnest love and empowered by the Holy Spirit, the “Go” of the Great Commission is a natural desire of a disciple. Now, live out the desire embedded in you; Go Make Disciples.

LIVE

In your own words, what would success in the Great Commission look like as you obey this mission? Practically, what can you do to begin spending time with someone in your life who doesn't know Jesus? 

Day Four

Week Nine - Day Four
Where do I start in this Mission?Where do I start in this Mission?

LISTEN

Luke 24:44-49 - Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should su er and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the prom- ise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

Acts 2:33 - Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you your- selves are seeing and hearing.

John 16:8 - And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righ- teousness and judgment

LEARN

“Go,” from the Great Commission in Matthew 28, is a command Jesus gives to all his disciples. Luke 24:47-48 says “that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are wit- nesses of these things.” From this section there are 3 main points to glean. First, the disciples were to tell people that repentance and forgiveness of sins was nec- essary. Second, the disciples were to begin this mission right where they were, in Jerusalem. Third, they could do this with conviction because they were witnesses of these things.

Jesus immediately follows these instructions by reassuring them that they won’t do this alone. He says, “I am sending the promise of my Father upon you.” What is this promise and why does it comfort and enable the disciples? The author, Luke, also wrote the book of Acts, which is like a part-two of his first book. Acts 2:33 reveals that “the promise” from the Father is the Holy Spirit! The Holy Spirit comes to live in every believer. The Holy Spirit is who will clothe them “with power from on high.” John also wrote about the Holy Spirit, saying, “And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 16:8).

In our own power, we can’t convict or convince anyone of their need of salvation from Jesus. But, the Holy Spirit can. He is the Spirit of God that convicts and causes people to realize their need for Jesus. So if Jesus says every believer has the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, and we “are are clothed with power from on high” then this is how God chooses to use us to accomplish his mission! He goes before us, works through us, and accomplishes the Great Commission!

LIVE

  • Do you believe that the Holy Spirit might convicting someone you know of sin, righteousness and judgement? What is that person's name? Begin to pray this week for the Holy Spirit to his work in them. 
     
  • Do you know how to begin a conversation about faith with someone? 
     
  • If the answer is yes, will you begin a conversations about faith today with someone in your path?
     
  • Write down 3 ways you could begin a conversation about faith.
     
  • If the answer is no, begin to research ways to share the gospel. 

Some Suggestions:

Dare2Share is an organization about sharing one's faith. 

A good book on this subject is "God Space: Where Spiritual Conversations Happen Naturally" by Doug Pollock. 

Another book with a concise approach is "Share Jesus without Fear" by William Faye. 

Day Three

Week Nine - Day Three
What do I say and do in his Mission?

LISTEN

Luke 24:44-49 - Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should su er and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the prom- ise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

LEARN

Luke’s writing gives us additional details about the Great Commission. In Matthew 28, we see Jesus giving clear instructions to “Go” into all the world and make dis- ciples. Luke helps us understand how we make disciples.

In verses 46-47, Jesus wanted them to understand that the cross was not an unfor- tunate obstacle, but a necessary part of God’s plan for salvation. It is in the name of a crucified and risen Savior that forgiveness of sins is brought to the world.

Jesus told the disciples that they were witnesses of these momentous experiences. Not only were they witnesses of the events surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus, but also of the commission to spread the gospel. Like the first disciples, we receive salvation the same way that they did: by realizing we are sinners des- perately in need of a Savior and by believing that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead to pay for our sins. If we have accepted his free gift of salvation, we have a testimony of God’s work in our lives and we are witnesses of a new life (Roman 6:4). An integral part of this new life is the mission associated with it. We not only have salvation through Jesus, but we have a mission to go and tell others about this new life in Jesus.

LIVE

  • In your own words, what did Jesus say we tell others?
     
  • Jesus said the disciples were witnesses/ They could tell others what Jesus had done for them. Recall the apprenticeship module in Week 1 and write down a testimony of God's faithfulness.
     
  • Practice sharing your testimony this week with a friend, family member or someone from your Discipleship Group so you are comfortable with it. 

Day Two

Week Nine - Day Two
Who gives the Great Commission?

LISTEN

Matthew 28:16-20 - Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptiz- ing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

LEARN

“All authority on heaven and earth has been given” to Jesus. God the Father gave Jesus complete authority over the entire universe including events, human hearts, and circumstances in the world. He uses angels, circumstances, and people to ac- complish his mission. Jesus has total authority, so we can be confident that we will succeed in this mission to reach the world with the gospel. According to Paul, “God has highly exalted him [Jesus] and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).

Before we become involved in the Great Commission, we need to understand the Lord’s sovereign authority over creation, including all mankind. Because of this, ordi- nary people like Jesus’ disciples, who were fishermen and tax collectors, can make a major di erence in the world when they go out under their Lord’s authority.

Without Jesus’ authority, our mission would be doomed to failure. The resurrected Christ is alive and is with those who proclaim the gospel today. Jesus does not leave us to our own abilities for this awesome task. The one with ultimate authority has committed himself to go with us. “I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

LIVE

  • How does Jesus' authority and the promise of his presence give you encouragement to be a part of the Great Commission?
  • Pray and think of someone who you could ask about their spiritual beliefs. Remember that its' on the authority of Jesus that you can inquire. 

Day One

Week Nine - Day One
The Great Commission

LISTEN

Matthew 28:16-20 - Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptiz- ing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

LEARN

Eleven disciples left Jerusalem and went to Galilee to the place where Jesus first began his ministry three years earlier. It was also the region where the eleven dis- ciples had originally met Jesus. Now they met the risen Jesus and worshiped him. This was the spontaneous result of seeing the resurrected Jesus. No outside in- struction or worship leader was required, just an unrehearsed and natural reaction to being in the presence of the resurrected Jesus. After Jesus had proven to his disciples that he was the Messiah, as foretold in the Scriptures, they worshiped him as their God. Three years earlier they had “left everything and followed him” (Luke 5:11) and now they would lay down their lives for their risen Savior and Lord.

Verses 19 and 20 are known as the Great Commission; the first word is “Go.” This is a command resulting from his prior declaration in verse 18. Jesus is saying, “Be- cause I’ve been given all authority, go.” It is not merely a suggestion from a great moral teacher, but a command from the ruler of the universe! If you believe that Jesus is God, then the Great Commission is not the Great Option.

LIVE

  • How does worship of Jesus flow into the Great Commission?
     
  • What bearing does Jesus have on your life's purpose? How is this a good thing?

Discussion Questions

  • What spiritual gifts (from the test) seemed true for you? How can you use our gifts to benefit the body?
  • How can you invest your life to be a disciple maker?
  • How can you help equip others to be disciple makers?
 

Apprenticeship Module

For the activity this week you are going to make a plan together. Pair up in sub-groups of 2-3. Each person will identify someone who they know, but haven’t broached the topic of spirituality with. Plan for a time this coming week when you can practice bringing Jesus into the relationship through the two questions mentioned earlier:

1. Do you have any spiritual beliefs?
2. Who do you think Jesus is?

A couple things to think about when planning for this conversation: with this week? If so, when will you be together? plan to put yourself in their path and it will require a greater degree of intentionality.

As you create this plan and go from your gathering, follow up with the people from your discussion group during the week. Text them and remind them to be praying for you when you enter the conversation. Once you have had the conversation, share how it went. Those in the sub-group offer immediate encouragement, feedback and helpful suggestions as you continue to pursue your One Life in the future.

One Life Principles:
Identify + Invest + Invite

Identify means to pursue someone and get to know them. This is so you can Invest yourself in their life by loving and serving them. You don’t just serve your One Life or get to know them in a superficial way. We want to Invest in the whole person which includes their soul. A great way to begin to bring spiritual things into the relationship is to simply ask a couple of questions:

1. Do you have any spiritual beliefs?
2. Who do you think Jesus is?

As you’re in relationship and having meaningful conversations with someone you’ll have opportunities to Invite them to join you in your Discipleship Group or our Sun- day gathering. Be sure to truly care, ask questions, and listen to them. Just doing this shows your One Life the heart of God and Invites them to give Jesus a closer look. You don’t have to feel the pressure of performing or messing it up - remember Jesus is with you! He will give you the right words, just be yourself - and be vulnerable.