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Jesus commands us to make disciples of all nations. It is important that we know and live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We must urge/convince them to become followers first.

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Jesus Calls His Shot

insert pic of Steph turning his back to the goal before the ball goes in...
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Matthew 25:31–34 NKJV
31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Jesus calls his shot like Steph Curry releasing a 3 point shot as it leaves his hands! Jesus says that on the last day when He returns to this earth ALL NATIONS will be gathered before Him. Some will be rewarded and some will be punished, but all NATIONS not just Children of Israel will be called His. ALL PEOPLE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE SAVED. WE HAVE TO PASS ALONG THE MESSAGE ABOUT HOW GOOD IT IS TO BELONG TO CHRIST.
Last week we learned about the Authority of Jesus and what that meant. As Christians our response to any authority is to obey. Jesus was given all authority in heaven and on earth by God. He commands that we obey Him. Going back to our text in . We look at another piece of what we are commissioned to do.
Matthew 28:18–20 NKJV
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Therefore Go...

Matthew 28:19 NKJV
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Therefore- Because of this...
1. Go therefore-
1. Therefore: The word therefore is important. It means "because of this" which points to the fact that Jesus has authority. We covered what the authority of Jesus meant from verse 18 last week in the sermon title The Authority of Jesus.
1. Because Jesus has authority we need to obey His command.
2. Go: The Greek word means "to move a considerable distance, either with a single destination or from one destination to another in a series—‘to travel, to journey, to be on one’s way.’
1. I believe that the definition that is applicable to the text is "...from one destination to another in a series..."
2. We cannot be followers of Christ and only congregate!
Example: Going on vacation when I was young meant exploring. Going to see different things. Expending a lot of energy. Going on vacation as you get older means to me relaxing, taking on as little responsibility as possible, and maybe even staying in bed all day! We have to treat Christianity like going on vacation as young people! We have to be on the move!
Because of the authority that Jesus has and His interceding on our behalf to the Father in Heaven, our natural response as Christians should be to OBEY. We need to move from where we are and be about the business of being obedient to Jesus the Christ.

Make Disciples of All Nations...

What is a disciple?
Disciple- a person who learns from another by instruction, whether formal or informal
In context...
Jewish disciples would follow their master around, often literally imitating him. The goal of Jewish disciples was someday to become masters, or rabbis, themselves, and to have their own disciples who would follow them. But Jesus’ disciples were to remain disciples of their Master and Teacher, Jesus, and to follow him only. Following Jesus means togetherness with him and service to him while traveling on the Way. ~Wilkins, M. J. (1996). Disciple, Discipleship. In Evangelical dictionary of biblical theology~
We have to figure out a way to make people want to be students of Christ first. We have to find a way to make them interested in Him. We have to find a way to make folks want to follow after Him to be like Him. But how do you get people excited about Jesus and being apart of His kingdom?
But how do you get people excited about Jesus and being apart of His kingdom?
So how do we get people excited about being disciples?
It is not something that you can force people to do. A better translation of would read like this.
Because I have authority in heaven and earth, while you are going from here to there, convince/urge all people to become like me (Jesus).
BCWST 2018 (Bro. C.W. Stephens Translation) Mt. 28:19a
Because of this (what is written in verse 18) you all need to leave far from here convincing/urging ALL types of people to become like Jesus.
What would cause people to want to be like a dead man?
“Christian discipleship is about imitating Christ to the degree that your people no longer see you. They can only see your master. Part of the reason some may not buy into the God you serve is because they see no difference between you then, and you now.” ~Orpheus Heyward~
1 Corinthians 11:1 NKJV
1 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
How to respond to the call of Discipleship
Recognizing that Jesus is The Christ (He can HELP you!) ()
John 6:68–69 NKJV
68 But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Obeying His Summons (Leaving former lifestyles behind) ()
Mark 1:18–20 NKJV
18 They immediately left their nets and followed Him. 19 When He had gone a little farther from there, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the boat mending their nets. 20 And immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went after Him.
Counting the cost of full allegiance (The weight of confession) ()
Luke 14:25–28 NKJV
25 Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. 27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it
Losing the old life & finding new life in God's family (Mimic the life of Jesus) ()
Luke 9:23–25 NKJV
23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. 24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. 25 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?
All Nations...
All Nations...
Within context Jesus came to minister to the 12 tribes. He brought together a diverse group of Israelite men into unity over the course of three years. But their purpose was not to go back to people who were simply like them. Those men would go and make disciples in other parts of the world!
If each of the 36 adult members of Avenue G Church of Christ were to gather up 3 people to disciple. Tell them of your story. How God changed you, how much your brothers and sisters love you, and how much you truly care about the lost in the world we could collectively touch 108 lives!

The Nations Are Counting on You!

Matthew 25:31–34 NKJV
31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
John 9:6–24 NKJV
6 When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. 7 And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. 8 Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?” 9 Some said, “This is he.” Others said, “He is like him.” He said, “I am he.” 10 Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?” 11 He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.” 12 Then they said to him, “Where is He?” He said, “I do not know.” 13 They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. 14 Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. 15 Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” 16 Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.” Others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them. 17 They said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.” 18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight. 19 And they asked them, saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” 20 His parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; 21 but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself.” 22 His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue. 23 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.” 24 So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.”
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John 9:25 NKJV
25 He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”
It doesn’t matter how you got to where you are IN Christ Jesus. As Christians we know that the change that takes place in us did not happen by our own doing. We were blind but now we see. Show someone else the Way! As a Christian it is your duty and all people rely on you!
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