Mat 04:23-25 And he went about all Galilee (no imperatives)

Imperative: No imperative verbs are present.

Mat 4:23  And he went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.

Mat 4:24  So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them.

Mat 4:25  And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and from beyond the Jordan.

GREEK VERBS:  No imperative verbs are present.

1. General message: Repent.
2. Private invitation: follow me.
3. Responsive to needs brought: heal them. Draws a crowd.


SECOND, do this: sowing. Sow spiritual resolution of problems to gather interest.


Why are churches empty?
There is no longer belief among the unwashed that there is any value in what we offer.
People go where needs are met.
People are hungry; they will flock to food.

S. What does it say?
O. What does it say that I need to obey?
W. Who needs to hear this? Generally? Specifically?

What are the commands of Jesus Christ which we need to obey? In disciple-making, Jesus commanded the following in Matthew 28:20: “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…” What are the commands that we are to follow and teach others as identified by Jesus’ use of the imperative mood in the Greek?

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