Teaching on the Great Commission
- Holy Spirit
- Let Your Light Shine
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men.” Matthew 5:14-16
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. John 5:1; 16
“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.” Mark 9:50
Be obvious in your faith.
Christians have a responsibility to be an enlightening influence on society through how they live and how they treat others. They strive to demonstrate a Christ-like character in all of their dealings with people by exhibiting love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
A Christian glorifies God by obeying him and doing his work. They glorify God when they love their enemies, forgive offenders, …
As he lives in the world, a Christian is evident to all. Their good deeds draw attention to God.
They give glory to God in all things. They let the world know how much they value God. They let their light shine when they do not complain in in the middle of life’s struggles, when they love others, and when they are honest and kind.
3. Pray for Those who Spread the Word
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:37-38
Pray for God to send out people to minister unsaved.
Pray for people to bring Christ’s message to all people.
4. Lead by Being a Servant
Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:26-28
True greatness is not wrapped up in title or position but rather in service.
Seek to serve rather than to be served.
A Christian leader is there to serve others.
5. The Great Commission
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 NIV
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:15-16 NIV
God will give you the words to say and the boldness of when to say them.
We are to help spread the gospel. Teach others about Jesus. Parents have a big responsibility to teach their children about Jesus.
Loving others means that we care about their eternal destiny and their relationship with the Lord.
Believers have a responsibility to tell others about Jesus.
Jesus gave the authority and ability to us believers to carry out the great commission.
Believers are to encourage people to become followers of Christ.
6. Beware of False Prophets
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. Matthew 7:15-20
Test the ideas that influence us through the persuasion of others.
False prophets, look meek, but are predators on the inside. False prophets are particularly dangerous because they appear to be genuine.
We should expect false prophets to be accompanied by unusual and spectacular religious works, done superficially in the name of God. A false prophet is often accompanied by deceptive signs and by seeming wonders. We should expect them to perform deeds which suggest miraculous power. And we should expect that these deeds be performed under the pretext of being done by God’s power and to His glory.
Mainly, they tell people precisely what they want to hear, rather than defend God’s word.
They attempt to lead men away from the truth of the gospel (Acts 13:8), and to deceive genuine Christians with false doctrine.
True teachers teach bible truths and not tradition or ritual.
A true teacher seeks God’s glory rather than his own glory.
A true teacher would not use religion as a means to financial gain. They are free from greed and laziness.
A true teacher would not be contentious or divisive.
True teachers exhibit the fruit of the spirit.
Although we are not to be judgmental people, we are to be discerning.
If we want to know about the character of people, look at the consistent fruit of their lives!
You can tell a true teacher by the character present in their life – the fruit of their lives.
False teachers lead cults and advance New Age thinking.
1 John 4:1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
We must separate ourselves from false teachers and false prophets.
7. Beware of False Teaching
“Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Matthew 16:6
How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Matthew 16:11-12
False teaching is any statement that contradicts the bible.
Jesus wants us to have wisdom and insight, and not be deceived by false teaching. Learn to test the ideas that influence us through the media, in books, movies, and speakers.
To get the truth about Jesus, go to the primary source of information, the Bible, not the world.
8. Do not Throw Pearls to Pigs
Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.” Matthew 7:6
Use Your Time and Resources Wisely
Do not throw pearls before pigs. This means that we should use common sense and tact in talking about our religion—otherwise we may do our cause more harm than good.
Use your time and resources wisely. Learn to discern with whom to share the gospel. Spend your time and energy on the impressionable. Recognize that there are some people so hardened to receiving the Gospel message that they will not listen; we are to quit wasting our time in trying to convince them and use your energy to move on to others.
When you see your resources and time falling on deaf ears, cease and move on. They do not have ears to hear so you are just wasting your time.
Jesus is not teaching that Christians are not to share the gospel with unrepentant sinners in case they reject it and attack the one preaching it, because He teaches everywhere else that Christians must be prepared to die for the gospel’s sake if need be.