Speaker: Jerry Cisar
We’ve been exploring various aspects of Christ’s kingdom since the beginning of the year under the heading: Advancing the Gospel of the Kingdom. We’ve discussed the kingdom message, kingdom prayer, kingdom culture, kingdom warfare, kingdom vision, and even the economics of the kingdom. Alas we arrive at the kingdom mission. What is the mission of Christ’s kingdom?
A lot of attention has been given to the Great Commission in the church at large, but that hasn’t necessarily resulted in more understanding. The commission is often assumed or various parts of it have become catch phrases to communicate various other missions and goals. “Go in the all the world…” is oft quoted but leaves out the instructions for what to do. “Make disciples” is great but doesn’t explain what a disciple is.
This Sunday we are going to explore the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20) in its context: its immediate context, its context in Matthew’s Gospel, and its context in the rest of Scripture. Each of these should inform our understanding of the mission of Christ’s kingdom.