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SERMON SUMMARY Sunday’s sermon locates us at a place of transition. Since Resurrection Sunday, we have been celebrating resurrection and watching the growing belief of the disciples . . . climaxed with Thomas’ declaration “my Lord and my God.” And, we can find ourselves basking in awesome wonder at who God is and what God has done. There is more, however, that God requires of us. We have experienced God’s love, God’s grace, God’s mercy, and God’s salvation. Others have not. The Great Commission – Matthew 28:16‑20 – demands more of us. We must “go and tell somebody” about who God is and what God has done for us . . . so others can experience God’s liberation and freedom. This is God’s plan; we go in God’s power. Go and tell somebody!
CHURCH IS INSTRUMENT OF GOD’S POWER. Church is far more than our individual healing and salvation. We are the instrument through which God shares his healing, saving, and liberating power. Read Luke Chapter 4:18-19 and Matthew 25:34-40.
IT WON’T BE EASY. God’s plan and purpose is to liberate, to set free, to heal … and to save. However, it will meet great opposition.
GOD’S POWER It is the fear of opposition that often stops us from doing most of what God has for us to do. It is the fear that grips all of us at some time. It is the fear that would have gripped the disciples on their journey with Jesus . . . and his journey to the cross. He makes clear both by his appearance and his words that there is nothing to fear because God has all power.
Having appeared, assured and given them the words of power, Jesus is now ready to articulate his plan…the Great Commission.
GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES. Jesus, having declared who he is and that he has all power now – like a general – commands his troops (us) to go and make disciples. A disciple is one who is a learner or a follower. Our task is to go.
GOD’S POWER AND PRESENCE. Again, we have uncertainties, doubts, and sometimes fear that stop us from spreading the word about who God is. But God assures us in this last verse that he will be with us forevermore. Utilize this knowledge, God’s awesome presence and awesome power, and go and tell somebody about our risen savior.