If you have been in evangelical church any length of time, you can probably quote The Great Commission:
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing 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.” (Matthew 28:19-20 ESV)
But you might be wondering what that actually looks like, played out in every day life? You might even be wondering if it is even possible! What are the practical, hands on tools needed to Go?
As we begin our study of Acts with Good Morning Girls, we are in a transitional book. The Book of Acts links us to the end of the book of Luke. In Chapter 1 verse 8, we see the Great Commission, worded a little different:
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 ESV)
We have been commanded to be witnesses. First to Jerusalem, all of Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth. We are reminded that we are to go – everywhere! There isn’t one place on this earth that we are not suppose to go! We are to start:
- In Jerusalem- This was thier home town, right where they were. That is the first place God calls us to go – right where He has us. If we can’t be faithful with the gospel here, how can we go anywhere else?
- Judea – This was their region. As a United States citizen, I have always had a heart for foreign missions- but this reminds me, as does the state of our country, that we need to focus right here in our region.
- Samaria- Samaria was not a place that was loved by the Jews. In fact they hated them. Are there people groups that we don’t want to reach out to? We need to be willing to go to them. They might even be in our own backyard!
- The Ends of the Earth – Not one place is left out- we need to go!
Power was given to us as the Holy Spirit came that we could be strong witnesses! The disciples were told by the angels as Christ ascended to quit looking to the clouds and to get to work!
For more on chapter 1, listen to my Periscope here:
Chapter two of Acts takes us even further into what The Great Commission looks like in real life. The Day of Pentecost had – the Holy Spirit had been given. It was given as the Comforter, but also to empower us! We see this as the languages of the other nations that were represented were able to hear Peter’s message in their own native tongue – and many got saved because of it! The Jews specifically saw that the Jesus they crucified was the Messiah.
Their attitude about the life changed. The things that were once importance – no longer became important. How did their lives change- here is another Periscope:
Acts 2:41-47 gives us a real life representation of the Great Commission played out:
- Devote Yourself To The Word of God- We need to be devoted to God’s Word and the teaching of God’s Word in order to be sharing the Gospel. As we love God’s Word, it will give you a hunger for the Word of God, and a desire to do what is right- and to share it with others.
- Devoted to Fellowship- The new believers knew that they had to be devoted to each other. They lived in a time when the church was not the norm- a lot like today. We need each other.
- Devoted to Prayer- Prayer is the wheelhouse of our faith. Corrie Ten Boom says it best: “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” We need to use prayer to steer our direction and not just in our time of need.
- Awe Factor- Do we have an awe of what Christ has done in our life? We are miracles. Yes, in the time of Acts, they saw crazy miracles. However, a changed life is a miracle.
As we are in awe of the Creator God, we won’t be able to keep it to ourselves – we will share the gospel.
- Unity- The church is attacking itself. We aren’t winning others to Christ, because we don’t look any different from the lost world. We need to devote ourselves to the Word of God – and believe what it says- completely- and then, lock shields around the Sword.
- Forsaking the “Stuff” – We need to let go of the material possessions. We don’t have to get rid of them, per say. However, are we using the material possessions in order to share the gospel?
I believe that as we live out Acts chapter 2, we will see
the Lord added to their number day by day who were being saved (verse 47)
Join the other GMG Leaders as they study the book of Acts
Worshiping With My Life,