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FIRST UMC – NEBRASKA CITY
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TRINITY – SUNDAY JUNE 7TH 2020
TEXTS: MATTHEW 28: 16 – 20
THEME: CHRIST IS WITH US ALWAYS.
God is Good! All the time! And all the time! God is good!
Our Scripture today is Matthew 28: 16 – 20 “Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus told them to go. When they saw him, they worshipped him, but some doubted. Jesus came near and spoke to them. I’ve received all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.”
Word of God written for the people of God – Thanks be to God.
Communion: today we are going to celebrate Communion
The Lord’s Prayer:
Jesus wanted to commission his disciples and remind them what their extent of the ministry. At the center of the mission to the believers is to go out and make disciples of Jesus Christ. The first thing we might ask ourselves is, how do we make disciples?
- Through Baptism: Today we understand Baptism as one of the two sacrament that we practice. That is the sacrament of Holy communion and sacrament of Baptism. Often today we do not put enough weight on the meaning of baptism as we should. Part of this might be because we do more children baptism (which I support) than adults. When it comes to children baptisms, we believe that the parent will keep the vows that they make on behalf of the child. The church is also obligated to do the same. In the early church the issue of baptism was not something that was taken lightly. But before Jesus time and John the Baptist coming Baptism was understood in a different way. Before John the Baptist the only people who required to be baptized were none Jews who were ready to be converted to Judaism which was the official religion then. But when the John the Baptist came Baptism was understood in a new way. Baptism took place to those who are willing to change (repent) their lives. The first thing before one was baptized was for one to repent. This simply meant the people were willing to turn from their sinful life style and believe in the one living God. It was a means by which one was expected to die to sin and raise to Christ. It was a means by which one was invited or welcomed to the family of God.
- Through Teaching: Jesus knew that the people needed to know the word of God for it was the word that would set them free. When are willing to learn from God through his word our life Get transformed and we become a blessing to other people. The word of God is central to this teaching. It was Paul when writing to Timothy said these words “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, correcting and training in righteousness. So that the man(or woman) of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16). Our best method of teaching is through example. We have to be willing the Christ like church so that people will get to see this Jesus you talk about in you. Jesus reminding his disciple that people will know that they were Christ disciples if they loved one another. We even sing that song that says “they will know that we are Christians by our love.”
- Making disciples of all nations: Making of disciples begins with our family members then people that attend our worship. Then we are to go outside the four walls. We are to spread the love of God to our neighbors to the people we work with our city, our state, then to the whole world. Our main goal is not to make membership but rather to create disciples of Jesus: Disciples are followers, learners, teachers, and messengers of good news of Jesus Christ. Members look for their rights, entitlement, to be served, to protect what theirs. That why Jesus does not call us to be members but rather to be disciples. We qualified above that as disciples we become; followers of Jesus, Learners from his teaching, teachers to those seeking to be disciples and become live messengers of Christ by the life we live.
- All authority is handed over to us: Very often Christian have failed to use their authority to stand against the evil forces of the world. This authority comes in the name of Jesus. When Jesus is in our lives gives us authority to subdue all attempt of the evil one. When Jesus was sending his disciples, he gave them a full authority to do his work and what that appertain to it. “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you” (Luke 10:19. When I think of what authority can do the only easy way to show it is to think of a police or trooper’s car on patrol. A small police car when the lights are flushing can stop any other vehicle regardless of the; make, the size, size of it driver or their position. That blue and red light come with authority. The police office could be a little guy but it does not matter as soon as that light turns on one has to summit unless they are looking for trouble. This is because the police car with the light on has authority. When we take the authority of Jesus then nothing can stand between us and God. We can expel demons and do mighty thing because we would be doing them in the name of Jesus.
Jesus promises to be with them all the way. The presence of God was very important because it was a means of assurance. Today we continue with God’s work because we know the Holy Spirit of God is with us and will empower, guide, lead, and counsel us on the path of our life.