According to Matthew, the Great Commission is not about proclaiming the gospel around the world. That is part of the larger picture, but here Jesus sends the Church into the whole world to "make disciples."
In Matthew 10, the mission of The Twelve was merely to proclaim the gospel to the towns in the region of Galilee. If a town would not listen, they simply moved on to the next one. The strategy and method of the Great Commission is very different. Now, Christians are called by Lord Jesus to be Christian everywhere we go. At times this will involve sharing the facts of the gospel of Jesus. At all times it involves demonstrating the rule of God in our lives as we conform to Jesus rather than to the nations and world in which we live.
In this way, being disciples is how Jesus through us will make disciples who will also follow him.
Recording notes: Due to technical difficulties, only the last portion of the sermon was recorded. So, the description above offers more of an introduction than usual, so that the recording makes sense (hopefully!). Also, there is a one minute portion of the sermon recording where we watched a YouTube video. When that time comes, simply click on the picture above to play the video. You will want to pause the audio of the sermon while you do that.
Jesus identifies himself with the Christian whom we have never met. He says, "I was a stranger, and you welcomed me." We are daily being tested. Do we honor Jesus's name more than our own "comfort zone"? Jesus's teaching in the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats guides us to pass these tests with joy and confidence.
1 Corinthians 13:5
We must serve Jesus diligently in our job for his kingdom. Yet, if we do that without love then we fail to meet his calling. We will not be welcomed into Heaven in the end. How do we make sure that we incorporate love in the way we serve Jesus? 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 identifies fifteen virtues that all are a part of godly love. The common root of them all is that attitude that says, "I am here for you."
Jesus is coming soon. Christians must be sure to be found busily working the jobs Jesus has given us to do.