"The Great Commission in Context"
Passage: Matthew 28:16–28:20, Matthew 5:1–5:16, Acts 1:8–1:15, Luke 24:44–24:49
Sunday Sermon: Jan 28th, 2018
“What carries conviction [in sharing our faith in Christ] is the manifest disinterestedness [we care more about Christ than ourselves] of the speaker. He speaks from his heart because he is too eager to be able to refrain from speaking. His subject has gripped him. He speaks of what he knows, and knows by experience. The truth which he imparts is his own truth. He knows its force. He is speaking almost as much to relieve his own mind as to convert his hearer, and yet he is as eager to convert his hearer as to relieve his own mind; for his mind can only be relieved by sharing his new truth, and his truth is not shared until another has received it. This his hearer realizes…. To all this is added the mysterious power of a secret. Christian experience is always a secret; and the man who speaks of it to another always pays him a subtle compliment when he entrusts him with his secret of life... In speaking of it he goes through it again; in setting it before another he sets it before himself in a new light. He gets a deeper sense of its reality and power and meaning. In speaking of it he pledges himself to the conduct and life which it involves. He proclaims himself bound by it, and every time that his speech produces an effect upon another, that effect reacts upon himself, making his hold upon his truth surer and stronger.” Roland Allen, The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church.
- Have the attitude of the beatitudes, Matthew 5:1-16.
- See the risen LORD, Matthew 28:16-17.
- Fix your Bible reading, John 5:39; Luke 24:44-49.
- Live in confidence. You cannot obey God without God, Matthew 28:18.
- Pray with others, until you pray, Matthew 6:10; Acts 1:14.
- Get in tune with the right person, the Spirit of power, Acts 1:8; Ephesians 3:16.
- Share your secret.