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The Big Picture - Commission

The Big Picture - Commission

Mar 18, 2018

Preacher: John Welborn

Series: The Big Picture

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March 18, 2018
The Big Picture Commission
2 Corinthians 5:20
Pastor John Welborn
 
“Go therefore & make disciples of all nations...”
Matthew 28:19a
 
“Go into all the world & proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
Mark 16:15b
 
“...repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.”
Luke 24:47b
 
“Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”
John 20:21b
 
“...You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 1:8b
 
I. God’s Commission Applies to Every Follower of Jesus
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ,”
2 Corinthians 5:20a
 
“An ambassador makes the case for the one who sent him”
David E. Garland
 
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes...”
Romans 1:16a
 
We’re ALL Ambassadors: Many have believed the lie that sharing the gospel is the job of the pastors, teachers, evangelists & super-Christians. Wrong!
 
“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry...”
Ephesians 4:11-12a
 
“What fueled the exponential & explosive growth of Christianity in the first century was how ordinary people spoke of the gospel to everyone they knew. They didn’t need seminary degrees, denominational backing, or all the answers. These early believers had gospel conversations every day.” D. Platt
 
“Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter. Recollect that you are either trying to spread abroad the kingdom of Christ, or else you do not love him at all. It cannot be that there is a high appreciation of Jesus, and a totally silent tongue about him.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
 
II. God’s Commission Empowers Every Follower of Jesus
“God making his appeal through us.”
2 Corinthians 5:20b
 
To share the gospel with others, we must let God use us, as He used:
Saul of Tarsus Persecuted Christians until he became one! (Acts 9)
Demon Possessed Man – Met Jesus & was delivered (Mark 4)
Adulterous Woman – Forgiven & set free (John 8)
Convicted Thief – Saved by Jesus while on the cross (Luke 23)
 
III. God’s Commission Burdens Every Follower of Jesus
“We implore you on behalf of Christ...”
2 Corinthians 5:20c
 
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed & helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’”
Matthew 9:36-38
 
IV. God’s Commission is All About Reconciliation to God
“Be reconciled to God.”
2 Corinthians 5:20d
 
Strategy: When someone tells you about a problem, say something like “I haven’t been through the exact situation that you just mentioned, but I have had similar problems (or issues, or concerns). Can I share something with you that has really helped me?” Then share with them this simple Gospel story!
 
Circle One:God’s perfect design is everywhere, but we don’t appreciate or accept his design. We go our own way and rebel.
 
Sin Arrow:The Bible calls this departure from God’s design SIN. Every person departs from God’s design, so everyone is a sinner.
 
Circle Two:The departure from God’s design (SIN) brings brokenness, which is why we have crime, poverty, sickness & death.Squiggly Lines: We try to fix our brokenness with self-help books, drugs, drink, discipline, but we can’t...this type of change must come from outside.
 
Circle Three: The gospel tells us God sent his Son to change us. Jesus, who lived a perfect life, was killed on a cross, and 3 days later, rose from the dead. When Jesus died, God did a miracle: He took all our sins & put them on Jesus, & He put all Jesus’ righteousness on those of us who believe in Jesus.
 
Arrow: We get this righteousness by repenting & believing in Jesus. We stop trying to fix ourselves & we turn (repent) to Jesus for life & health.
 
Last Arrow:Once we have repented & believed, we are free to pursue God’s design in our lives. Repenting and believing doesn’t fix everything, but it does forgive everything. Now we are free to recover and pursue God’s design!
 
3 Responses to the Gospel: Where do you see yourself?
• Red Light
“Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked.”
Acts 17:32a
• Yellow Light
“...But others said, ‘We will hear you again about this.”
Acts 17:32b
• Green Light
“But some men joined him and believed...”
Acts 17:34a
 
 
Sources and Further Reading Opportunities:
• Strong’s Concordance – James Strong (1890)
• New American Commentary: 2 Corinthians– David E. Gardland (1999)
• Counterfeit Gospels – Trevin Wax (2011)
• Word Pictures in the New Testament – A.T. Robertson (1933)
• Bible Exposition Commentary – Warren Wiersbe (1996)
• Turning Everyday Conversations into Gospel Conversations – Jimmy Scroggins & Steve Wright (2016)
• Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, Vol 54 – C.H. Spurgeon (1908)