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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Change Your World

Change Your World.

Today we are tagging on to yesterday's blog about Jesus' only "Post Resurrection Scheduled Meeting". The disciples kept their appointment in Matthew 28:16-17: Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.

What could have been some of their doubts? I believe that their doubts were not about Jesus - they worshiped Him. Instead I think they were dealing with self-doubts. What would become of them? What would they do without Jesus physically being in their presence? What follows is known as the Great Commission. I believe it calmed their doubts as well.

Matthew 28:18–20: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.”

Jesus’ great commission settled the doubts and fears of the disciples by assuring them of two things: He had all power, and He would never leave them. Pretty awesome, right? Jesus also gives us great clarity is in our mandate “… Go and make disciples. That's what disciples are suppose to do. Up to this point the ministry was “adding” believers. “Making disciples” is a different dynamic. There is a real difference between addition and multiplication, because multiplication involves reproduction. The strategy is no longer just adding new believers to the Church. The strategy becomes reproducing disciples.

Listen and obey God's Word. It can change the world.