9-20-98 Good News and Bad News! Mat. 28

by Ronald E. George Jr. at the Sand Fork Baptist Church

Scripture Text: Mat. 28:16-20

Matt 28:16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. 17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen

Intro: (vs. 16) The 11 went to a mount where Jesus told them. One of Jesus' last words to them as a group. There they saw Jesus.

The Good news is …He is alive and wants us to meet him there and here.

John Singleton Copley, one of the great legal minds in British history and three times High Chancellor of England, wrote, "I know pretty well what evidence is, and I tell you, such evidence as that for the resurrection has never broken down yet."

The Disciples had gone where Jesus had wanted them to go. Always good news when we … go where he wants us to go…Have we as his disciples gone where he wanted us to go? To make a public profession of faith, to go to be baptized, to go to join the church, to visit a friend or neighbor and invite them to church, to church on Wednesday evenings to worship him, to go to teach the class, to apologize to a neighbor or another that you have offended. Have we gone where Jesus wants us to go?

Coca-Cola seems to be everywhere. But how does it get there? This motto, posted in the company's headquarters, explains it: THINK GLOBALLY, BUT ACT LOCALLY.

What this slogan is to Coke, the Great Commission is to the church. A church that wants to obey the Lord's command to make disciples of all nations must first be faithful in its worship of God.

I. Good News is God has chosen us to worship? Some worshipped (vs.17)

A. Believe in Jesus without question.

B. Believe God's Word without question.

    1. Receive His commands and promises.
    2. Follow His desires for their lives. That’s why we are here today.
    3. See Him for who He is. The only true, living God who rose from the dead.

II. Have we believed? Bad news is Some Doubted (vs.17)

A. Some doubt about Jesus - question the word.

B. Reject God's promises (doubt God's power)

    1. Reject God's commands (deny God's authority)
    2. Some won’t follow or serve him.

E. Does He owns me? Yes, if you have been saved.

F. I'm my own boss, is Jesus your Lord?

G. Even if I tried, I'd fail.

H. No good to pray.

I. Why should I be baptized & join the church? I might be asked to

share my 3 T's.

Share the Good News… Have you will you? He wants us to join him there.

The response to Peter's sermon is any pastor's dream. With one mighty sweep of the Holy Spirit's power, 3,000 people were added to the church.

Nearly 2,000 years later, another group of believers sprang up -- the Grace Brethren church of Harrah, Washington. The static population of its small-town setting kept it from growing. After 60 years and 17 pastors, its membership remains about the same. Yet 25 people from that church serve in church-related vocations throughout the world. Why? Because it brought missionaries into its own little world and its people caught a world vision for missions.

A church might grow very little over the years yet have a far-reaching impact on the world. More people may have come to Christ through the prayers, vision, and faithful missionary outreach of the Harrah church than Peter's 3,000 converts. There are no small churches in God's eyes.

  1. The Good News is He wants us to go (vs.19) - Destiny of His work on earth is in His hands (power) to work through His disciple (you). What is the use is the attitude of many people. Whatever the people of God need to do, they can do, because God works through them. (Eph. 3:20-21) - The world needs the gospel - God chooses us/you to deliver it to them.

Are you serious about the great commission? I'm amused by the story of the boy who was fishing on a stream when a group of teenagers arrived on the scene with their rods and reels and fancy flies. They thrashed the water as they joked and laughed, casting and reeling in repeatedly but catching nothing.

The boy sat intently watching the tip of his tree-branch pole. Every so often he pulled up a fish. Finally one of the fellows shouted, "How do you do it? We've got special flies but we're not catching anything!" The boy looked up long enough to reply, "I'm fishing for fish. You're fishing for fun." Maybe we need to become a little more focused in our attempts to reach people with the gospel.

If you wish to enrich days, plant flowers;

If you wish to enrich years, plant trees;

If you wish to enrich Eternity, plant ideals in the lives of others. -- S. Truett Cathay

He will always be with you to work in you and me. Phil. 4:13

  1. The Good News is Jesus is always there - (vs. 20) - Jesus will supply our need if there is one there.

She replied, "Hoot, mon, it's no a promise; it's just a fact."