ASSIGNMENT #1: Write or outline a sermon or sermon series on these scriptures:
(THE GREAT COMMISSION) 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 lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”
Mark 16:15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” 19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it. Amen.
Luke 24:45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city, until you are clothed with power from on high.” 50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51 While he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple blessing God.
John 20:21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
IF “it takes a village to raise a child,”
THEN it takes a whole church working together in Christian Education to raise a disciple to full maturity!
These are the four sets of instructions to the disciples for their ministry after the resurrection of Jesus. The Great Commision is probably the best known.
– Create a list of the instructions in each commission. Notice where they are similar and where they differ.
– In each commission, identify what seems to be the specific instruction that will “make” a disciple.
What gets your attention?
What are the main points in the text?
What human needs or problems are addressed in the scripture?
What questions do you have about the text that you would ask a seminary professor?
What solution or hope does the text offer?
What does it say that we need to obey?
What would a camera see if this happened?
Who needs to hear this?
In general – i.e. people who are divorcing:
Specifically – my friend Bill:
What are the actual steps that I would take to implement God’s solution?
What stories or anecdotes or quotes would help illustrate the human need or problem?
What stories or anecdotes or quotes would help us visualize God’s solution happening before our eyes?
Story: a joke or tale, probably fictional
Anecdote: something that happened to me or someone in real life.
Quote: something someone said that is really poetic or meaningful.
ASSIGNMENT, Part 2:
Preach your sermons to each other.
Learn new insights from each other.
Share the stories with each other.
ASSIGNMENT, Part 3:
Consider which of the comissions is the normal for how your denomination operates.
How is this convenient? What problems would it cause?
Which of the four commissions, in your opinion, is the norm for the traditional church throughout the centuries. Why?
Consider the implications of the Great Commission of 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 lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”
Who is the person who personally taught you to obey all of the commandments of Jesus? What is their name? (Most Christians have no one in this lifelong role.)
Did the person who personally taught you to obey all of the commandments of Jesus, also teach you how to obey the Great Commission? (Most Christians have no one in this lifelong role because they believe that disciples are made by sermons of preachers or programs of the church rather than a living, breathing person acting as a disciple maker.)
If no one taught you how to make disciples, as the Great Commission requires, how would you remedy that lack?
(Hint: 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…)
Powerpoint: The Life Cycle of a Disciple by David Kueker
More information on the four corners and how to work with them can be found here:
Please review the page How and Why We Use Quotes.
Key: Origin: Last Revision: 9/7/20.