Sermon Overview & Prayer: "An Unfinished Task"
Matthew 28:16-20 – SERMON PRAYER POINTS
AN UNFINISHED TASK – Mark Prater
These written prayers are intended to fuel your meditation on this passage and your enjoyment of God in prayer.
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, when we think of our 7 Shared Values in Sovereign Grace, please remind us that each one is derived from your Word, and therefore defines our communion and obedience to you, as well as our partnership with one another. Thank you for the privilege of sharing the Good News as a family of churches.
The Great Commission is a reminder that you as a church, and we as a family of churches have an unfinished task to make disciples of all nations.
PRAYER: Lord, making disciples of all nations is such a glorious commission. Prompt me to pray for my brothers and sisters that are literally around the world sharing the gospel, and prompt me to specifically pray for, and reach out to those right around me in this nation.
Three things we learn from the Great Commission
- We Fulfill God’s Global Mission for His Glory
Here is the point: Our God is a God of mission who takes initiative to save people from wrath, by sending his beloved Son to achieve his gracious purposes of salvation, that is offered to people from all nations
PRAYER: Father, remind me that the Great Commission is a picture of your love for fallen man – those you created for fellowship you. Stir within me not only compassion for the salvation of the lost, but a passion for your glory as each comes to know your saving grace.
Revelation 7:9-10, 12 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb…..saying, ‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever!! Amen.’
PRAYER: Lord God, may the vision of that coming reality inspire and empower me to fervent prayer for the lost, faithful witnessing to the lost, and faith-filled anticipation of standing, on that day, in the company of those previously lost!
- We Are Sent by Jesus With His Good News
God’s promise to Abraham to bless all nations is fulfilled in the person and work of Jesus Christ in the gospel, where the blessing of salvation is offered to people from all nations.
So when Jesus says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,” He sends us with only one message, and that message must be shared for people to become disciples of Jesus.
PRAYER: Father, may this message inform our fellowship with one another. May it be displayed in our marriages and families. And may it make its way into our conversations with those you have regularly allowed to cross our paths in the marketplace, the classroom, or the office. You are a friend of sinners. May we be also.
- We Make Disciples Dependent On The Holy Spirit
Acts 1:8 “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.”
Our mission is a Spirit-led and Spirit-empowered mission.
And this truth reveals that our Trinitarian God is a missionary God that seeks and saves the lost.
PRAYER: Lord, please fill me with the Holy Spirit! May he guide me into deeper communion with you, and continually transform me by your grace. And may my every request to be filled with the Spirit, include a request to be your witness...to share the gospel with someone this day.
The Gospel of Matthew ends on a note of triumph and expectation...And the expectation that one day our mission will end for Jesus says in v.20 “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
The ultimate result of our mission to make disciples of all nations is the worship of God, who sits on the throne, as He is worshiped forever and ever by those who have been saved by the blood of Christ.
Let that eternal vision give us the expectation that there will be a day when our unfinished task will be finished.
PRAYER: Lord, until then...may we, with urgency and passion, purpose to be a local church, and a family of churches, who give our lives, and our money, and our time, and our effort, and our prayers to make disciples of all nations as we reach our neighborhoods and the nations with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
And as we go, fill us with faith that our triumphant Savior will be with us, and help us through our Spirit-empowered labors to bring the gospel to people who will one day join us around the throne and sing, “Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever!! Amen.” Revelation 7:12
OVERVIEW OF THE SERMON:
In this sermon, we looked at how the Great Commission is on display in our family of churches. We considered how God initiated mission and what our part is in bringing God glory through mission. At the beginning of creation, God had a plan to send us with the good news of Jesus Christ. Through dependency on the Holy Spirit, we can make disciples, using our relationships in His church. At the close of Matthew, we see notes of expectancy and triumph. We expect the end of our mission and that Jesus will always be with us. We triumph because God has done this great work!
- As you look over the Great Commission again, how did this sermon recapture your excitement for this God-given endeavor?
- What is comforting about knowing God has taken the initiative to save a people for himself from wrath?
- Why is it important that the local church and missions are connected?
- Mark pointed out that each person of the Trinity is involved in the work of mission. What scriptures come to mind in thinking of how each person plays a role?
- Which particular story of God’s initiative in the expansion of the gospel through our family of churches most impacted you?
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