“And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.’ ”
This section of Scripture naturally breaks down into two sections that over lap:
Jesus—Come and See (vs. 7-13)
Jesus—Go and Tell (vs. 13-19)
What do these two encounters teach us about Jesus?
1. Jesus is all powerful—even disease and demons were no match for his authority and power.
2. Jesus desired to have disciples, the original group called Apostles, to follow him and tell the world about the news of the Gospel he came to give.
3. Jesus uses imperfect people to bring him glory and proclaim his great salvation.
The disciples Jesus chose for special service were very ordinary men.
God specializes in using people just like you and me.
1 Corinthians 1:26-29
“For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.”
What do we learn about our role as followers of Jesus?
A Disciple is an ardent follower of Jesus who is…
- Intentional about studying/obeying the Word of God
- Actively engaged in the local church
- Empowered by the Holy Spirit
- Continuously Making disciples.
As disciples of Jesus we are Great Commission people!
“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.”
Insights From The Great Commission
1. Jesus has the authority to send us out and the ability to give us the strength to fulfill his call. (v.18)
2. The call to “make disciples” is our singular mission. (v.19)
How do we do that?
- By Going
- By Baptizing
- By Teaching
3. We are never alone as we live out our lives for Jesus—He is with us!
4. We are to accomplish this mission together as the family of God.
Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the glory of God.
Love— Gathering to worship and serve God together.
Live— Growing in faith and strength together in LifeGroups as a community of believers.
Give— Stewarding all the resources God has entrusted to us together for the glory of his name.
Go— Living each day on mission together to make His name known.
What do we learn?
We follow Christ by responding to His invitation.
We follow Christ by joining in His mission.