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May 31, 2017 / brockbruce

The Mission of The Faithful

***Below are my sermon notes for week 4 of our series “Now What?” The sermon audio contains more preaching. But this is the idea behind the sermon.***
We’re continuing our Now What series this week.
So far we’ve looked at the broken, the doubter, and the seeker.
This morning we want to look at another group.
The Faithful.
One of the things that is amazing about this group is that it’s made up of the folks we’ve already looked at.
The Faithful was made up of the Broken, like Peter, who had been restored.
The Faithful was made up of the Doubter, the Thomas, who had been set at peace.
The Faithful was made up of the Seeker, like Cleopas, who had been pursued by Jesus and brought near.
Listen church, The Faithful isn’t made up of perfect people.
The Faithful is made up of folks like you and me, folks who were broken, doubting, seeking, confused, hurt, lost, bound, sinful.
The Faithful has always been a people redeemed, forgiven, made new.
Listen to Paul’s description of The Faithful in the church in the city of Corinth:
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
[9] Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, [10] nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. [11] And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (ESV)
The Faithful always have a ungodly past, but The Faithful always have a renewed present and a promised future.
Jesus isn’t put off by our sin.
It’s our sin that brought him to us.
His love for us that while we were sinner Christ died for us.
The Faithful is a people who have been washed, sanctified, justified by Christ.
Washed – cleansed of sin.
Sanctified – set apart from sin, set unto God.
Justified – declared free from the penalty of sin.
The Faithful are not people without a past.
But The Faithful are a people who have been made new and are living in the freedom of Christ.
The Faithful don’t turn back.
The Faithful follow even when it’s difficult.
The Faithful believe even when the lies of the enemy seem more true.
The Faithful obey even when it costs them something.
The Faithful receive all that God has promised.
The Faithful walk by faith.
The Faithful have been transformed by Jesus.
So theres a group of people who while the doubted at first, while they were broken, the were transformed by the risen Christ and became The Faithful.
Jesus spent 40 days after His resurrection appearing The Faithful – to the disciples, to the 12, to 500, at various times and to various groups of his followers.
These forty days his faithful believed and followed him.
They listened to his teaching.
They ate with him.
He showed them the wounds in his hands and his side.
He gave them instruction.
He breathed on them and said “be Filled with the Holy Spirit”.
Jesus had a faithful group of followers.
Jesus had The Faithful.
I want us to take a few minutes and see Jesus instruction to The Faithful before his ascension.
These are the final teachings and instructions of Jesus.
If you were about to leave your family, you would make sure they knew exactly what you believed they needed to know.
You would make sure they knew where the will was.
You’d make sure they knew what you wanted done.
You’d make sure they knew you loved them.
You’d make sure they knew how to live.
Jesus last words is him making sure they understood the mission, His mission – now their mission.
Not only their mission, but our mission.
The mission of The Faithful.
We are going to look at 4 appearing of Jesus after His resurrection and before His ascension.
Here we go.
John 20:20-23
[20] When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. [21] Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” [22] And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. [23] If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” (ESV)
He is sending them.
This mission requires the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 28:16-20
The Great Commission
[16] Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. [17] And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. [18] And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. [19] Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, [20] teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (ESV)
Make disciples
He is with us as we go.
Mark 16:14-20
The Great Commission
[14] Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. [15] And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. [16] Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. [17] And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; [18] they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
[19] So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. [20] And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.]] (ESV)
Believers baptism
Authority over demons
Speaking in tongues
Luke 24:45-49
[45] Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, [46] and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, [47] and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. [48] You are witnesses of these things. [49] And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” (ESV)
The Holy Spirit is the Promise of the Father
The Holy Spirit empowers you to Live on Mission
The final words of Jesus to The Faithful are summed up in this
Live Out The Mission of Jesus
That’s what Jesus wants us to know – our mission is His mission.
It the gospel of the Kingdom.
Living the Kingdom Life.
Preaching the Kingdom of Christ.
Experiencing the blessings of the Kingdom.
Our Mission is advancing His Mission.
It’s not about us.
It’s not about signs.
It’s not about Jesus.
It’s about His mission.
The Great Commission.
Make Disciples.
Sometime we have to fight demons to Go.
Sometimes we have to fight demons to Tell.
Sometimes we have to fight demons to Make Disciples.
But Jesus sent the promise of the Father so that we are equipped for the Mission.
The Faithful are the ones living out The Mission.
Are you one of The Faithful?
Are you living out The Mission?
June 7 & 14, evangelism training to help you share your faith.
June 11, outreach team meeting to develop an outreach strategy to create opportunities to live out The Mission.
The Faithful are on The Mission of Jesus.
Next week we look at The Hopeful.
We will look at what the Promise of the Father means.
Not coincidentally, but by God providence, next weeks sermon lands on Pentecost Sunday.
The Faithful become the Hopeful.

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