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Being Set Apart By The King

In Matthew 28:16-20, we come to the end of a journey with Jesus – birth, life, death, burial and resurrection. These five verses are called the Great Commission. What does it mean to be great? Great seems to be a shallow word because it’s used so regularly. Great game, great food, great wedding, great product. The Great Commission speaks to the fact that no other mission is more significant than this one. It is the greatest commission. To go to the ends of the earth to declare the Kingship of Jesus.

Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20

God’s Heart for the Nations

The Bible is a collection of 66 books that tell a single story from Genesis to Revelation. You can follow that story through four acts: Creation, Fall, Redemption and Restoration. In Isaiah 49 you see through the eyes of one of God’s Old Testament Prophets that God’s heart for the nations beats throughout those four acts, is centered on the sending of the Messiah, the Son of God, Jesus and is not separate from what God has called us to be and do through the Great Commission.

Scripture: Isaiah 49

Run That Race!

Paul had left behind the pursuit of attempting to earn God’s favor and now is resting in Jesus’ work, not on his own morality or good words. He’s now a recipient of the promises of God. The gift of the forgiveness of sin and a right standing with God made him anything but complacent. It wasn’t a sedative but a stimulant in his life. God had done a good work in Paul’s life (1:6) and Paul was impassioned to pursue Jesus all the more.

The question is… are you?

Scripture: Philippians 3:12-16

 

Invisible to Visible

There are two types of people – those who ask “What do I get?” and those who ask “What do I get to do?” Jesus makes the invisible in our heart visible to us, including our love for His provisions over His mission. Following Jesus leads us to the upper room where His mission supersedes preferences and provisions.

Scripture: John 11:45-57