Lo, I Am With You Always

 

The Great Commision, is what we do after we have accepted Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior. But before we can teach others we need to be taught. The Bible is the standard by which we learn the truth. How do we know the truth? It takes time and prayerful study. It takes associations that build up and do not tear down. (1 Cor 15:33 NIV)Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character." It takes steadfast determination to accept the truth whether it is comfortable or not. It takes love and it takes faith. It takes honesty when looking at oneís self and humility. (Rom 12:3 NIV)For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. And, once you have put self in its rightful place then you might be ready to ďGo and make disciples.Ē Intentions are not enough. Who knows, how many people have been harmed by ignorant men intending to do good? (Mat 7:21-27 NIV)"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. {22} Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' {23} Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' {24} "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. {25} The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. {26} But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. {27} The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash." Now letís read about the great commission.

*†† (Mat 28:1-20 NIV)After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. {2} There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. {3} His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. {4} The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. {5} The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. {6} He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. {7} Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you." {8} So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. {9} Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. {10} Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me." {11} While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. {12} When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, {13} telling them, "You are to say, 'His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.' {14} If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble." {15} So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day. {16} Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. {17} When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. {18} Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. {19} Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, {20} and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

 

*†† (1 Tim 2:5-6 NIV)For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, {6} who gave himself as a ransom for all men--the testimony given in its proper time.

*†† (Acts 4:12 NIV)Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."

*†† (1 John 2:4-6 NIV)The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. {5} But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: {6} Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

*†† (Heb 13:8 NIV)Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

*†† (1 Th 5:21-22 NIV)Test everything. Hold on to the good. {22} Avoid every kind of evil.

*†† (1 John 3:21-24 NIV)Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God {22} and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. {23} And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. {24} Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us. (1 John 4:1 NIV)Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

*†† (John 8:29 NIV)The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him."

*†† (John 9:4-5 NIV)As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. {5} While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."

 

So back to the great commission

*†† (Mat 28:18-120NIV){18} Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. {19} Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, {20} and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

 

We have averaged about one baptism a year and though we have seen many disciples how many have we made? Donít you think we can do better? Join me in prayer.

 

Now letís get to work!