The Full Picture of “The Great Commission” – Dr. Jeff Hubing

The Full Picture of “The Great Commission” – Dr. Jeff Hubing


I’m actually going to speak from a very
well-known passage today Matthew 28 verses 16 through 20 a lot of us know
this passage as the Great Commission of course it is a commission but sometimes
I wonder if we understand fully the nature of the Commission so I want to
speak about it today so if you will have a opportunity to turn to that passage
and let’s just stand together as we read God’s Word today Matthew 28 I’m going to
begin in verse 16 it says now the eleven disciples went to Galilee to the
mountain to which Jesus had directed them and when they saw him they
worshiped him but some doubted and Jesus came and said to them all authority in
heaven and on earth has been given to me 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 Lord we ask today that your word would
become a lamp for our feet a light for our past that it would be nourishment to
our soul that it would be food that it would be bread oh God that your word
would be our bread it would cause us to have energy and strength it would cause
us to have wisdom and power so that we can go ahead and do your will from the
heart both here and around the world we bless you Lord in Jesus name Amen amen
you may be seated this is the Great Commission we’ve come to know this
passage as something of us of a charge that Jesus gives
his 11 apostles and of course by extension becomes a kind of charge that
is embraced by the church God’s people in every generation now I want you to
see however that this charge is something that Jesus has prepared these
guys for during the last three years of their lives all this time they’ve spent
with him right and and all this time he has been preparing them for what’s about
to happen even though they didn’t really know it
now sometimes I’ll go to different churches and different groups and all
this I’ll ask what do you think was the number one topic that Jesus taught about
during his life and ministry the reason I’m asking this question is it’s because
it’s very important it’s really it’s related to this passage right here but
sometimes I’ll go around and I’ll ask I won’t put you on the spot today but I’ll
ask what’s the number one subject that Jesus talked about and someone will
raise their hands and they’ll say up being born again now so well you know
being born again is very important it’s obviously foundational to be reborn by
the Spirit is necessary John 3 teaches us you see it on the signs if you watch
American football games or something you know people are holding John 3:16
because that passage speaks to us about being born again Alice I guess it’s very
important being born again can you name another passage besides John 3 where
Jesus talks about that most people can I mean he does talk about being born again
but it’s by far not the number one thing that he talks about now say it’s not
being born again in the slice well what about love it’s got to be love right I
mean Jesus you know if he has to be loved has to be the number one thing the
most common thing that he talks about I said well he does talk about love you
know he echoes the the the commandment he says love the Lord your God with all
your heart mind soul and strength he does talk about that he says love your
neighbor as yourself he does mention that on a couple occasions
are there other other times you can remember Jesus talking about love
teaching about that not too many times now I’m good love is
important it’s very important and later on in the New Testament we find other
passages about this but it’s definitely not the number one topic that Jesus
teaches and you know we go through a whole list what about forgiveness
yes forgiveness he says you know if you don’t forgive others you know you won’t
be forgiven Matthew 6 we pray forgive us our debts as we forgive those who are
debtors we talked about that there’s a parable about a guy who asked to be
forgiven a great debt from his master but then he doesn’t forgive somebody
else and so he has to go into the to prison until he can pay off the last
penny that’s a common theme but it’s not the most common theme actually that the
thing that Jesus speaks about more than any other thing in the Gospels is called
the kingdom of God the kingdom of God it is is what links everything together for
Jesus and if you read Matthew and if you read mark and you read Luke you’ll see
this that the kingdom of God is the thing that he is most frequently
speaking about most of his parables are meant to illustrate the kingdom of God
in fact some of them he even starts by saying the kingdom of God is like and
then he’ll tell you a story and the point of the story is to reveal the
nature of God’s kingdom now God’s kingdom as Jesus reveals it is not
necessarily like we think of a kingdom today does anybody know any kingdoms
that still remain on the planet there’s not a lot left but there are some can
you name a kingdom yes sorry United King right now that’s we kind of wink at that
don’t we because the although the Queen is is revered she doesn’t really have
any political power because the United Kingdom is now a parliamentary democracy
and so they they have elections and there’s a Prime Minister and all that
but technically there’s still a kingdom nobody knows what the you know the
royalty actually does other than posing for pictures and whatnot but it’s still
technically a kingdom there are there might be a couple more does anybody
remember one Jordan is a is technically a kingdom
that’s right anybody know another one right next door to Jordan Iran is not a
kingdom Saudi Arabia who knew that one that’s another Kingdom there are a few
kingdoms left most are not kingdoms anymore there are a few I think Thailand
is also technically a kingdom believe it or not but and the king just died last
year of Thailand in case you were wondering we have a missionary friend
that lives there that’s why I know about Thailand but other than that I wouldn’t
have known that so kingdoms when we think of a kingdom
we think of today we think of a political organization right we think of
someone in charge we think of a standing army we think of borders that are
patrolled and protected we think of some kind of governmental body that submits
to the king and that does his bidding the thing about Jesus Kingdom however
and something that he mentions in in the Gospel of John he says you know what my
kingdom is not of this world now that was after he got arrested and
they were putting him on trial and it was a pilot who asked him you know
aren’t you gonna say she kind of saying listen you say they says you’re they say
you’re the King of the Jews but Jesus says my kingdom is not of this world if
it were my followers would fight for it his kingdom is of a different kind it is
a kingdom it is a rule it is an exercise of authority and power but it does not
depend on a specific geographical territory it is not equated with a
specific governmental organization on the planet right now it’s not like that
it’s a kingdom that can penetrate even the darkest of places do you want to
know where the where the church is growing in its most rapid rate in our
world today anybody have any ideas China is one place you another believe
it or not Iran and you know and these are two places where it’s really
technically illegal to call people to embrace faith in Jesus name if they were
not technically raised Christian in other words if the government knows you
as a Muslim or the government knows you as a member of the Communist Party
you can’t technically convert you can’t become a Kris and yet the church is
growing leaps and bounds in these places where it is forbidden that ought to tell
us something his kingdom is not of this world it means it doesn’t play by the
same rules the kingdom of God can be demonstrated and present even in places
where we think other people are in charge that’s an important truth to
remember because whether you’re standing on State Street in downtown Chicago or
whether you’re at one of the refugee camps just that refugee camps just
outside of Erbil Jesus is king period and it doesn’t matter where we find
ourselves what we realize is his authority and his reign is present
wherever we go so when you see Jesus and the Gospels talking about God’s kingdom
and he’s saying this is the number one thing by the way even when we talk about
being born again if you read that carefully in John 3 the point of being
born again is to see the kingdom and he’s talking to Nicodemus you think
teacher we know you’re from God no one could do the signs you’re doing if you
want from God and then Jesus seemingly out of nowhere says I tell you the truth
unless someone is born again he cannot see the kingdom and then a little bit
later on he says unless a man is born again he cannot enter the kingdom the
point is the kingdom being born again is the means by which the kingdom becomes
accessible to us so you think about that sometimes we think being born again is
our life goal that’s it as if it’s a ticket to heaven or
something oh I got born again up got my heavenly ticket now I can just go ahead
and do whatever I want until I die and then not being born again is the
beginning just like a human life you don’t say when a baby’s born up baby’s
born that’s it when a baby’s born you don’t go to the baby shower say all
congratulations the baby now what are you going to do with it it’s born I
guess that’s it no you when the baby is born you raised the child you have to
spend all those years listen I have four children you have to spend all those
years changing diapers and wiping slobber off of their face and when they
spill food on everyone milk goes all of you spend those years because you’re
raising children the goal is not just to have a child it’s to raise one so that
at a certain point that child becomes capable of doing the same thing
reproducing his or her own family being born again is for the purpose of
entering or seeing God’s kingdom and then what happens once you see it what
happens once you enter it you got to learn the rules of the kingdom you all
learn how to be a citizen of this new kingdom anybody naturalized or become an
American citizen after living somewhere else
a few people okay so you understand like when you when you become a citizen of
America they make you learn certain things now I’ve never be I didn’t have
to do that was born here my wife however was naturalized after having been born
in India and so you have to learn you have to take a test isn’t that right
like about American history or the Constitution or something like this and
now that you live in a new place now that you live here you learn about the
laws you learn about the rules you learn about well if I want to get my
driver’s license here’s what I have to do have to learn how to operate a
vehicle on the roads I have to learn about all these things you know what you
have to do also you have to adapt to a new culture don’t you
not everything works here the way it worked in some other part of the world
and I’ve been to India three times things do not work here like they work
there there are vast differences in the way the culture works in India versus
the way the culture works in everything has changed you got a you have to adjust
so I want you to think about these things guys Jesus talks about the
Kingdom he calls people to enter that reign of God the rule of God and then he
expects that once you enter that Kingdom you start to familiarize yourself with
how it works and what it means to be a part of that Kingdom what it means to
not only submit to the rules but to actually be an expression of the culture
the value system of that Kingdom all right you’re all like at this point what
does this have to do with Matthew 28 well I’m glad you asked but let’s go
back to the passage now let’s think about this given what I’ve been saying
about the kingdom needing to enter becoming citizens getting adjusted
learning the culture here’s what Jesus says to his eleven disciples now again
Judas Iscariot had gone off and hung himself that’s why there’s only 11 and
not 12 Judas was replaced in acts 1 by a dude named Matthias so if you want to
read about that you can but at this point there’s just the 11 and he comes
to them after his resurrection from the dead that’s not a normal thing I don’t
know if you realize that really never happened before he’s the only one not
just came back to life in his normal way but resurrected me and completely
transformed he’s still a man but he’s a little bit different so he comes to them
and he tells them after the resurrection beginning in Matthew 28 he says go tell
the disciples meet me in Galilee so they walk the whatever it is 650 some miles
60 miles I think to Galilee and when they get there they find him on the top
of the mountain and he he’s alive from the dead
none of them expected the cross they didn’t really get it when he lost
his life but now everything’s becoming clear oh he’s showing that not only is
he the king of Israel but he’s king over everything including death you know when
someone shows their king over life and death that’s a pretty important
qualification once you say that is what qualifies somebody to rule the world
when they prove that death can’t stop them and he’s now alive from the dead I
mean they’ve been with him for three years he’s been teaching them they’ve
been having meals together they’re spending all this time together and now
he’s alive and they’re about to ask him now what okay you you went to the cross
you died for the sin of the world you’re alive now what because here’s what they
you know it seems like they might have thought this when you read acts 1 which
is kind of a parallel a little bit to this in acts 1 they asked him so now are
you going to restore the kingdom to Israel
meaning now are you going to come and sit on the throne in Jerusalem and rule
the world now I mean you said you weren’t going to do that before but okay
are you ready to do that now well he says no it’s an act 1 he says it’s not
for you to know the times in the seasons that have been fixed by the father in
his own authority however an acts 1 he gives them a certain kind of commission
he says you’ll what you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon
you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem all Judea and Samaria to the
end of the earth so that’s one kind of commission this commission is another
way of stating that it’s not exactly the same but it’s quite similar here after
they worship Him even though there was some doubt apparently because they had
never seen a resurrected man before maybe we should give him a little break
on that but here’s a wrestler so there’s a little doubt but they’re worshiping
him and in the context of that worship Jesus lays out the agenda
here’s your commission verse 18 all authority in heaven and earth is given
to me that’s how it starts well what is that language remind you of it should
remind you of the words kingdom of God you know Jesus came and he humbled
himself the scriptures say as a man he he humbles he did not consider his
equality with God something to hold on to to cling to to grasp he humbled
himself on purpose even to the the nature of a slave even to the point of
death on the cross so there was a certain sense in when you could say well
he doesn’t look like a king to me look at him you know he’s being beaten he’s
being his beings his beers being pulled out they mock him they hang him on a
piece of wood that does not very royal now all the while he was the King and
he’s actually giving us a grid for what royalty looks like it looks like humble
service but now after he served exactly the way he should have he’s completely
obeyed the father now he’s alive and now he comes to them saying okay all
authority on heaven and earth is mine now therefore you go and I go how do we
do that because you’re the one with the authority what about us well yeah but
you’ve got to think about it like this if someone of great authority gives you
a job to do do you understand that that Authority stands behind what you’re
doing you know when someone comes to our city on behalf of president whoever
Trump or in the past Obama or whoever when they come to our city and they’re
sent by the president guess whose authority they carry to do whatever the
president told them to do his Jesus is saying the authority that I talked to
you about the authorities I mentioned when I taught you all about the kingdom
both that’s now mine there’s no limit and then Act one we see him ascend to
the right hand of the Father the place of rain I got the authority now now
because I’m because I am stepping into this place of authority as a royal son
as a king I am giving you a responsibility so this is a royal
commission from the king of kings to these eleven dudes who don’t really know
what’s going on but they’re about to step into something that has been
prepared for them since the beginning of time if you can believe that
and so Jesus looks at them says I lack no authority now so all you have to do
is submit to me you’d have to worry about opposition you just have to worry
about what I’m saying so he says all authority is mine the kingdom I’ve
stepped into this place through resurrection where there aren’t anymore
limits now go it’s actually a participle if you’re an English major the word is
going in other words as you go or while you’re going here’s what you do you make
disciples of all nations now here’s what I find compelling about
this commission sometimes this Commission is read and we hear it as a
call to evangelistic preaching and we think to ourselves what Jesus is saying
is go preach the gospel and there are actually places in the Bible where he
tells his disciples to do that and of course we know that preaching the gospel
is necessary but it’s not the full picture it’s not enough just to preach
the gospel he says make disciples Oh see that’s different and please
I’m not trying to minimize the role of an evangelist or preaching at all but
but in a way it’s not that hard to preach the gospel do you know I’m saying
what I mean is it’s not super difficult for someone to get up behind I mean
maybe if you have a fear of public speaking or something like that but
let’s say you deal with that it’s not super hard to stand up somewhere and
proclaim the message of the gospel you can do that lots of people can do that
and you can you can do it anywhere actually you can go on a street corner
and do it you can go to a local park and do it you can be in a house or a
building like this and you can do that you can preach the gospel and in a way
you can go somewhere and you can preach the gospel and then you could be like Oh
job job well done and I’m not again I’m not trying to minimize that at all if
God calls us to preach we should preach I preach I do that but that’s not
precisely the commission now preaching might be a part of it but it’s not all
of it he said make disciples make this he
literally says disciple all the nations disciples make disciples
what is a disciple well I tell you this there’s only one real good way to find
out what Jesus means by that and it’s to and it’s to consider the way that he did
it how did Jesus make disciples I mean based on some of our churches and you
know that that are existing today and then I’ve even been a part of my life
you would think this is the method for making disciples is if Jesus would have
come to the twelve guys you know you say okay guys Sunday morning we’re going to
meet up and I want you to meet me at the synagogue and we’ll go from there
so Sunday morning shows up they come to the said would have been Saturday for
him right Sabbath it would have been so they come to the everybody comes
together the twelve guys he says okay guys let me give you an hour-long pep
talk and then he gives them a talk they says Oh times up god bless you guys
meet me back here next Saturday and then Jesus leaves and disciples go back to
the lot you would think that’s the way Jesus must have made disciples because
that’s the way so many of our churches operate I don’t quite understand that
Jesus didn’t make disciples by telling people to come to a meeting every so
often Jesus made disciples by inviting people into his ‘life by spending time
with them by going places with them by eating meals with them sometimes staying
in the same home with they’re sleeping overnight going on trips traveling I’m
not saying we shouldn’t have meetings it’s fine it’s right it’s good for us to
meet together it’s good for us to sing and worship and pray and even be
encouraged by a speaker or something like that
but guys it can’t stop there that is one small fragment of the call to make
disciples which has to involve the whole of our lives the sphere of our activity
I find it fascinating watching this in the life of Jesus like one of the first
things he said What did he say to these guys when he called them what were his
to what was the command follow me now listen maybe you’re not maybe you’re
okay maybe one of those free spirits guy I go follow you don’t care you know
maybe you’re like that I’m not like that I want to know well how long am I going
to follow you for where are we going what are we going to do what’s going to
happen once you get there then what I’m the kind of guy would you please lay out
a schedule for me so I know the expectations so I know what when’s my
free time when I have to be there and when I can be doing the things that I
want to do you know what Jesus did not do he did not do that he said follow me
they had to basically choose to reorient their lives around him I don’t
know if there’s a rough if there’s a helpful parallel for that or not but the
closest thing is having an infant I know in my life when you have an infant your
whole life is reorganized around that child because that child has no logic it
cannot be reasoned with when the child screaming because it has to you know it
has a full diaper or something you can’t say well listen to just in a few minutes
we’ll go there they don’t care they’re not processing anything now Jesus is not
like an infant I’m not talking about that but I’m saying that the idea of
having to completely change your lifestyle your ways completely change
that around so that now everything takes on a new point a new center of
orientation that’s what he called them to follow me who are you going how long
will it take what about that that’s better he didn’t give him any of that
information he just said follow me and they had to
decide and that meant if he went out of town they were going out of town if he
moved his base of operations to Capernaum from Nazareth then they were
moving to Capernaum if he was going to Jerusalem for the feast then they were
going to Jerusalem for the feast if if he went into Gentile territory god
forbid yes he did that if he went into Gentile territory guess what they were
going in there too there was no like negotiating that Jesus said go and make
disciples you can’t make disciples from a pulpit guys I promise you know what
you can make from a pulpit you can make good listeners you can make people who
take notes and learn information but the kingdom is not just about what you know
and the information you have it’s about this the kind of life you live and that
has to be generated when people interact with you it’s not enough to just write a
book here’s how to follow Jesus you know what people need to follow him with you
Jesus is showing the disciples how he related to God
she brought them into that he brought them into his relationship with his
father so that they could see it they can observe it they could watch him how
does he deal with tax collectors what does he say to sinners
how about hookers and prostitutes what does he say to the to the religious
people how does he handle it when people come in there their repentance what is
he doing there not repentance o how does he pray for the sick what about when a
demon comes up what does he do then and they got they got a personal window on
God in the flesh it’s pretty awesome make disciples listen I want to give you
a one-word kind of summary of when Jesus saying make disciples what is he asking
them to make my one word summary is family this is what he’s after his
disciples became for him a family a nucleus of people into which he invested
himself he transferred his own value system and culture and then he wanted
them to carry that on to the next generation
it’s family mark 3 let’s look there for a minute mark 3 is an amazing passage of
Scripture it shows you all at once the disconnect that was there with Jesus
natural family and the intimacy he was building with the disciples
so in mark 3 verse 20 it says Jesus went home and the crowd gathered again so
that they could not even eat and when his family heard it they went out to
seize him for they were saying he’s out of his mind now in this context his
family means his natural family Mary and his brothers and sisters and all that
they came to get him they were like he’s lost it now in a way this is just a good
Jewish mother right you should eat you know I mean there’s no everybody’s mom
wants them to eat here Jesus is all caught up in this ministry he’s not even
eating it’s all you should eat you know Jesus Yeshua you should eat now whatever
it was they did not understand his mindset so they went to get him pull him
out and restore him to his senses think about that the only one on the planet
who’s fully sane and they think he’s out of this money it’s amazing so they come
to get him now skipping down a little bit here’s what happened verse 31 his
mother’s and brother his mother and his brothers came and standing outside they
sent to him and they called him from outside the house they’re calling him a
crowd was sitting around him and they said your mother and your brothers are
outside looking for you they’re seeking you and he answered them who are my
mother and my brothers and looking around at those who sat about him he
said here on my mother and my brothers whoever does the will of God he is my
brother and my sister and my mother Jesus grid for discipleship was family
this is what he did with these guys they ate together they walked together they
prayed together they wept together they went to weddings together guys
remember that one John – in Cana they went to a wedding together then say the
disciples were invited Jesus is invited he just brought him unless you complain
and you know I know you might complain I was just too many guests now well not
just provide extra wine it’ll be fine you know he brought the disciples to the
wedding they traveled with him they when when he established a base of operations
then live with him who does that families do that families live together
families to share meals together families travel together this is the
culture he was developing a family a group of people who identified with each
other in such a way that those ties those relationships are closer than
anybody else on the planet that’s why Jesus told them if you don’t hate your
mother your father your own life you can’t you can’t have any part of it you
can’t be my disciple it’s not possible there is an order here things have to be
reorganized around Jesus and his headship he’s the leader of this family
and these disciples become brothers and sisters of his and he relates to them
like that you can’t have disciples without family that relational intimacy
that that unity that is formed are you still in mark three go back a few verses
look at Jesus strategy for making disciples even I’m looking now about
verse 13 now when he called him just think about this he went up on a
mountain Luke tells us he spent the night in prayer on a mountain he went up
on a mountain he prayed and then he appointed twelve whom he also named
apostles and what did he appoint them to do first thing that they might be with
him just first responsibility of the disciple is
to be with him that’s what he did and then he could send them out to preach
and have authority to cast out demons but the first things are first there’s
no preaching ministry without personal intimacy
there’s no casting out demons without personal fellowship there’s no mission
without family guys when the kingdom of God touches the ground it looks like
family on mission that’s what it looks like and
if you lose one or of those two elements the things going to go off the rails
relatively quickly if you just have the mission but you don’t have relationships
you’re going to have a corporation you’re going to have a group of business
people who are organizing themselves to accomplish goals but they will have zero
in the way of intimacy relationship fellowship genuine love if you have the
family but no mission then you’ll get a cult eventually where nobody else has
thought of except the people that are right here
but Jesus strategy was family on mission so when he says make disciples this is
what he’s saying he says build a family just like I did
what did I do with you I brought you with me I welcomed you into my life yes
I taught you but we also sat down for meals we also went to weddings we we did
all we did all of these things so that you could understand what it is to be a
son of the father which by the way going back to Matthew 28 I want you to think
about the thing that he says he says make disciples of all the nations and
what comes next baptizing them right immersing them into
what the name the name of the Father and of the Son
and the Holy Spirit look Christian baptism certainly relates to repentance
it certainly relates to turning away from sin it certainly relates to a
public identification with Jesus but I want you to understand it is also about
being adopted into a family I mean just think of the language father son this is
family language isn’t it and would you say taking the name of the
Father Son the Holy Spirit isn’t it like I mean I wouldn’t do in America I don’t
know if you have this custom where you’re from but in in many weddings in
America the the woman takes the name of the man like when my wife when she
married me she took my name she took my last name and she it’s kind of a sign
like I’m look I’m joining myself to your family well and this passage is very
similar baptizing them in the name of the Father Son and Holy Spirit now we we
enter a family so much so that we bear the same name as the divine family if I
could put it that way now god it’s the Trinity is a mystery
he’s three but he’s one but the way he reveals his three Ness is with family
language even he could have said we could have had a Trinity that was that
was king servants and divine power and that’s how God could have revealed
himself but he didn’t actually the primary way he said to identify me as
father son and spirit God is a family man that’s what he does he he generates
offspring when he created Adam and Eve they became children of his even in
Romans 8 if you think about this the destiny of people through the gospel is
to be conformed to the image of God’s Son and Hebrews talks about him being
the firstborn of many children God Himself is pursuing the family baptism
is a way of initiating people into God family praise God that’s awesome it’s
Psalm 68 I think it’s Psalm 68 five says about Yahweh that he sets the lonely in
families it’s his nature to generate this and it’s why he told Adam and Eve
to have kids it’s what he wants what’s a huge human family from every nation
under heaven that in their beautiful diversity also bear a common image
likeness that looks like Jesus himself so what is the Commission about number
one it’s about making disciples disciples constitute a human family a
community of people who now redefine their identity and their Center of
orientation for their lives that’s why the kingdom of God Trump’s even blood
relationships that’s why allegiance and loyalty to
Jesus has to come before allegiance and loyalty to mother father brother sister
he’s redefining family he’s doing it and was calling us into it when he says make
disciples he says bring people into this divine family of which you now are the
foundation stones I know sometimes we talk about church and we think of it
like a building or something like that church is just the human family that is
generated through the gospel let’s keep it simple and that impacts the way we
think in America I grew up saying let’s go to church and I’ll see you at church
meet me at the church of course by that we meant the building but but biblically
speaking that word doesn’t mean building the word that is translated church in
English means assembly it means gathering it means congregation of
people that changes things it would be like if I said guys after
the after we’re done here I want to invite you over to see my family and
you’re like okay cool you get in the car and drive I give you the directions you
plug it into the GPS and you show up and and you come outside get out the car
you know on sidewalk I’m like okay guys here’s my family what do you think I
mean my family is part brick and part siding aluminum siding the family has
four bedrooms the family has a dining room a kitchen the family has a nice
living room area the family has a basement but it’s unfinished come on let
me show you the inside of the family and we go in I said what do you think of the
hardwood floors the family has look at look at the the walls we just painted
the walls of the family blue what do you think about that I mean you be like what
what is wrong with this guy you think I was crazy because I’m not describing to
you the family I’m describing to you the house the family is the people that live
in the house not the house the church is the people that meet in the building not
the building the church is the family that’s being regenerated through the
power of the gospel that’s what it is so when he says go and make disciples he’s
saying go and build families families who are reorganized and realigned
families who take the name of God Father Son and Holy Spirit families who then
generate a culture a set of values and priorities that match the values and
priorities of heaven families that don’t just take their orders from their
neighbor their neighbors their ancestors their you know their particular ethnic
background that’s not going to be the nature of this family this family is
going to be international so I says make cycles of all nations everyone’s welcome
in this family nobody’s banned we don’t have some ban on Brazilians no they’re
all every nation there’s no there’s no line this is one of the major transition
points from the Jewish Scriptures to the New Covenant right primarily God was
relating to Israel in the Old Testament they were
chosen people they carried forth an agenda they didn’t do it very well which
is why there was judgment and there was all kinds of problems but when Jesus
came he said I’m making a new covenant and this covenant is going to be
accessible by everyone under heaven he blew the doors off of this sea I mean it
completely opened up the globe to generate family it’s incredible so
there’s like on Tuesday I’m leaving for Guatemala I’m going to be down there in
Guatemala and I’m going to be with God’s family down there we think about that a
couple months I’m heading to Romania I’m gonna be with God’s family there it
doesn’t matter I mean wherever we go we find members of this family and it’s
amazing and so make disciples of all nations this is your commission it’s for
you too and I want you to understand something to make a disciple you may or
may not ever stand up and preach in front of people but you certainly can
make a disciple without that you could sit down at a bench at a bus stop and
have a conversation that leads to somebody believing that Jesus is king
and then you can say hey come over with me let’s have dinner and you could sit
them down at your table introduce them to your mom and dad or to your friend
and you can start talking about the way your life works and you can start
showing the person how your values look in action yeah I mean on Saturdays every
every month we go and we help out with the homeless over here we do what do you
do that for well you know Jesus taught us we should love our neighbor as
ourself and we really feel like these people are having a hard time that we
want to reach out to him oh yeah it’s one of our values one of
our family values as we love our neighbors or we help people you know
there’s a story in the Bible and you get out the Bible like hey let me show you
something and you take them to Luke 10 and said what is this there’s a parable
here about a traveler a traveler who gets jumped and then there’s some real
just officials and they come by and they ignore him and they go to the other side
of the room they keep walking and then there’s just one dude that everybody
hates the Samaritan and he actually goes and helps him picks him up takes him to
a you know a little Inn and pays for him to be taken care of and says you know if
it costs anymore I’ll come back next week that’s one of our family values if
there’s somebody in our path that needs help we just help them so what we do now
look you haven’t stood up and preached a sermon you haven’t evangelized out in
the public parks or in the sidewalk you know what you’re doing though you’re
making a disciple you know why because you’re orienting them to the life of
family family under the authority of Jesus the king it’s what you’re doing
this does not have to be super complicated we don’t have to over
complicate this everyone in this room is capable of introducing people to the
King and starting to develop them as members of the family you can do that
and here’s the here’s the awesome thing about this when Jesus concludes this
passage really kind of takes the pressure off of you it kind of takes the
pressure off of us you know what he says baptizing them in the name of the Father
Son and the Holy Spirit I mean they have access to divine power and supernatural
life they have that and then he says teaching them to observe everything I
taught you man that means we don’t have to come up with new stuff we don’t have
to you know how comedians they always try to get new material we don’t need
new material we already have the material that the pressures off you
don’t have to pretend you know everything you don’t have to be some
expert all you have to be able to do is you know what let’s access the
scriptures let’s spend a little time reading and pray let’s think about now
obviously we can benefit from people who’ve been studying the Bible we can
learn from them I hope so I lead a school of ministry for that reason but
listen just because you don’t have some advanced degree and in Greek and Hebrew
doesn’t mean you can’t make a disciple you can orient people to Jesus and His T
jinks you can spend time sitting around it you can say you know what I don’t I
don’t know what that means can I set you free today it’s okay to
say you don’t know you don’t have to be an expert on every single thing to be
able to say you know what Jesus is king he’s good he laid down his life for me
and now he’s alive and I’ve met him and he made me a different person and now I
want to please him and so I’m one of his children I’m a child of God and I’m
trying to figure out what this family looks like what our culture should be
and you should do it with me come on that doesn’t it’s not super complicated
and this way Jesus says teaching them to observe teaching them to keep this is
language used in the Jewish traditional like the customs of the elders though it
refers like the way to go about living everyday life and Jesus said teach them
to observe everything I taught you keep my traditions keep my commitments do
things the way that I showed you how to do them so think about this guy’s the
call to make disciples is not just for professional preachers and evangelists
and all that it belongs to all of us because we’re all a part of this and
thank God for the preachers and the Evangelist and everything else because
they’re going to inspire us they’re going to they’re going to continue to
impart key resources into our lives and the teachers and the pastors who care
for us and comfort us and we we mess up we get it wrong and encourage us to keep
on running our after Jesus those those people have a key role to play but we’re
all in this together the call to make disciples is given to
the family as a whole and before you know you start to realize it’s like the
family becomes both the goal that is what God’s building and the strategy for
helping others when your family is functioning in the right way it becomes
a source of blessing to everybody around you likewise when
the church is functioning in the right way we become a source of blessing
become a source of power we become a source of salvation not that we save
people but our Savior saves people and we can help others know about that
so this commission is critical it maps out for us the way that this should be
working and it integrates everybody into the mission we don’t have to stand by
and say oh well you know it’s it’s the job of pastor so-and-so to make
disciples or it’s the job of so now everybody’s a part the Commission gets
extended to every new generation and when you when you start reading the book
of Acts for instance you start to see that you know what this is exactly what
they did acts 2 after the Holy Spirit was poured
out we read that they devoted themselves to the Apostles teaching the breaking of
bread the prayers and the fellowship now two of those four things are related
relationally to family eating meals together spending time sharing goods
some people sold properties and gave the money to those who needed it who does
that families do that family’s rally together so think it through this
commission is its to generate family God’s looking for an international
people who are lined up under his authority his kingdom his reign and when
they start marching together under his leadership they develop a kind of mutual
love and devotion they develop a kind of sympathy and care for one another that
just bubbles out to the world and people start looking at that look what is wrong
with you guys how come you’re not living the way everybody else is how come you
give away money rather than hoarding it and saving it up and you know protecting
it from everybody else how come you volunteer time why do you do that look
these things are expressions of our culture and our value system and when
they get repeated over time then we’ll start thinking to themselves maybe
there’s something to this message about Jesus cuz I used to know that dude he
used to be a money hungry you know driven whatever but now that
he’s he’s out here serving he’s on just given his his life for the poor he’s out
here sending money to foreign missionaries to me what it was he what
happened sometimes that’s all it takes somebody
asking you a question what makes you different and in the end what makes us
different is the last thing which interesting was something that was
prayed earlier I forget by whom the difference is that Jesus says I am with
you even to the end of the age the difference is in that we are his family
his presence is always with us and theirs that means there’s nothing we
can’t do that he’s told us to do because he’s with us empowering that work to be
done we don’t have to oh god tells it as well but there’s no chance of that
happening no actually every chance of that
happening because he’s with us his presence abides within each one and then
among us like when we gathered together he’s here he’s here now witnessing her
gathering that’s crazy he’s present he’s not going anywhere he
is the one who’s going to guarantee the success of the mission and the growth
and development of the family we’re not on our own in this he continues to be
with us even to the consummation of the age until this age gets to the place
that it was destined to get to there is a mission there is a moving forward of
this and that involves us integrating people from every tongue every tribe
every nation bringing them into this reality of the Fatherhood of God
identifying them as sons and daughters giving them value and a purpose and a
place and now saying look this is what we represent the greatest father
whose son gave us a pattern of how to relate rightly to him by the power of
his own presence his spirit with it that’s pretty awesome guys I don’t know
about you but this is what I want to be about all my life to be about this on
every level I want the way I raise kids to reflect
this I want the way that I I do my work of
preaching and teaching to reflect this I want the way that I love my wife to
reflect this I want the way that I go to the park and play with my kids to
reflect this I want the whole thing to be organized under this banner so that
as I’m doing my work and someone comes to believe in Jesus you know what I have
to do in order to make a disciple I just have to say just start coming around
just about spending time with us come and eat dinner with us hey we’re going
to Walmart come along listen it’s not that hard if you are willing to make
space in your life for somebody you can make a disciple one of my good friends
he’s the guy who who started the work in Iraq his name is Dave Papa VC you might
have heard him he lived in Chicago his whole life he grew up here he went to
Lane tech high school he he went to ministry school down in Florida came
back and didn’t God hadn’t called him to do anything else yet so he just got a
job delivering pizzas so this guy would deliver pizzas and pray raised his
family had kids and then he would go out on the streets and preach the gospel to
people he started a little church and one guy got born again and he was like
man I’ve never seen anybody do this before I don’t know what you’re doing
but I do you have time to meet with me like a couple times a week and go over
Scripture together and stuff like that and you know what my friend Dave said
being the godly servant you know faithful sacrificial man of God you know
what he said he’s an honest on I was like he said what that’s and I
said look I can’t I’m maxed out doing everything I’m supposed to do but here’s
what you can do if you want to he said I deliver pizzas eight hours a day if you
want to talk about the Lord if you want to go over Scripture you can ride along
with me as I deliver pizza and the guy at first he was like what but then he
was like okay so listen my friend Dave as he’s delivering pizzas all over you
know Lincoln Park and whatever else has my friend Frankie sitting on the
passenger seat and they’re talking and praying and talking and praying for
eight hours a day it’s like he didn’t have to start a Bible study he didn’t
have to start a prayer group he just said to this guy listen I I am
accessible this way why don’t you come with me
and pretty soon Frankie started delivering pizzas listen company like he
disciple them even in that got him a job and he got to see how they’ve handled
his job he got to see how he talked with his boss he got to see how he dealt with
difficult customers she said oh saying like it doesn’t have to be this thing oh
you know we gotta set this special thing and make you know listen you are living
your life in the name of the Lord Jesus God willing
you are doing things you do for him I hope you’re doing things you do to
please him and if you are then all you’ve got to do is just open up space
and what you’re doing for somebody else and the work of discipleship begins
there may be people in this community that God is putting on your heart right
now young people junior high students high school students are you in college
do you have a job are you living for Jesus then there’s some skills and some
way of life that somebody can benefit from open up your passenger seat in your
car I mean what are you doing where somebody I have a friend who runs a
ministry in Chicago it’s called grip outreach for youth
they emphasize the value they say never go anywhere alone I know I came alone
today so I violated the principle but think about this last time I came with
Ruben that’s got to count think about this what if whatever you did whenever
possible you just brought somebody who you are mentoring or you were pouring
into their life or you were speaking into their their heart in some way you
just like men if you’re going somewhere you know oh I got to go do this
run for groceries at Sam’s Club because we got our outreach coming up will you
just grab somebody hey bro what are you doing no three get in the car we’re
going to send why it’s okay it’d be cool and so as you’re driving man you’re just
talking about life you just get to know what do you do so what do you like you
know whatever he was just finding out and over time it’s like you know I had a
question I thought you might like but that doesn’t happen unless you create
that relational space there’s not a lot of younger people that are just going to
come up to older people and ask them questions number one that makes them
feel dumb number two they think older people don’t really get it anyway and
the only way to bridge that gap is just for you to spend time for you to invest
in their life you just sit there sometimes it’s painfully awkward but I
guarantee it works over time sometimes you just sit in the room with somebody
and what you want to do is get all up into it but you know the Holy Spirit’s
got his hand on your shoulder like shut your mouth just be still and sometimes
that’s all it takes just be with that person you don’t make family you know
with some kind of microwave recipe right you can’t build a family with some kind
of shortcut it’s going to take time but when you take the time to do it right
you have strength you have courage you have unity you have a you have a family
who now is a weapon in the hand of the king that God can use you you can reach
people you may never preach a word in your life you could be a very effective
maker of disciples because you know the Lord and you can be with people and you
can welcome them into your life this is the mission of the church it may
not look like you thought it should look but it works when we will do things the
way of Jesus so I want to pray for you as we close I think maybe you’re going
to sing a song as you I think Phoebe mentioned that but I want to pray for
you and I want you to really consider what I mean what’s God saying when you
hear this language of family when you think about your life when you think
about the people that you are connected to what would God have you do are there
ways that you can invite people into your world are there ways that you can
develop relationships are the ways are there ways where your life can become an
example for others not just in religious meetings which again it’s fine
but it can’t be everything jesus said teaching them to observe everything I
taught you observe is an action word it talks about how to live how to how to
walk how to be in the world under the authority of the Father so as I pray I
just want you to just be a being mindful maybe the Holy Spirit will put a person
on your heart a face comes to mind but a particular thing you do comes to mind it
just Matt I didn’t realize this would be a tool for God so to help someone to
connect with somebody to help them grow in the Lord
let’s pray Lord we bless you we thank you God you are so awesome and good
you’re the best father we know there’s none like you you’re faithful you’re
wise you are disciplined and yet free you know how to pour out joy on people
you know how to bring correction you know how to provide for our needs and
you know God how to satisfy our hearts when we long for you god I pray for my
brothers and sisters today you have brought us together as family you have
brought us into the one household of God and we are grateful for that even if we
don’t always show it or we don’t know was understand why it’s so important but
God today I pray that this message of this amazing commission god we would
take it personally we would receive that exhortation you would show us how to do
this how to be the family you say that we are how to how to run hard after
Jesus Christ together as a unit how to serve one another in love how to humble
ourselves for the benefit of others you got to ask you that in this room you
would raise up makers of disciples yes God I pray for preachers and evangelists
and apostles and teachers and prophets but but I also just pray for godly
mothers and fathers in Jesus Christ who are going to be willing to just bring
others in wrap their arms around people show them the love of God show them the
way of the King teach them how to live this out with courage and face God
father if there’s anybody here today who thinks this is beyond them I pray that
you’d open up their eyes and their hearts Lord show them God you work with
whatever maybe somebody’s thinking I don’t have anything to offer God if you
have a couple of pieces of bread and fish he’ll use it and he’ll multiply it
Lord I pray that you would touch these folks today put something in front of
their their eyes Lord fill their hearts with hope where they think they’ve
reached the limit they’ve reached the end it’s not possible you say otherwise
that with you nothing shall be impossible pray God that you’d breathe
on this group by your Holy Spirit that you would empower them to become a
family on mission to become people disciples of Jesus who are identified by
a family name and and who know how to keep your commands to keep your
instruction and to observe all the things you taught us Lord open up the
scriptures may they be a source of life and joy and power
or to us as we try to figure out how to walk this out or use us to establish
your values your culture your character God Lord there’s lost people all around
us I present you just give open doors to us you open doors no one can close I
pray that you would make it happen father you would bring us into
connection into relationship with people who need you people who need to be
adopted people people who need to be read into God’s family help us with this
father may your blessing and your presence God be the the furnace the fire
at the center of all of it God the core may best be white-hot devotion and love
for Jesus I may not just radiate through us into this dark world for the glory of
God Lord we thank you we commit ourselves to you and we pray that you
would glorify your name in US and through us
for Jesus sake and then it’s in his name that we pray today amen

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