The Great Omission?

September 4, 2022 Preacher: Gareth Franks Series: Missions Emphasis

Topic: Missions Scripture: Matthew 28:16–20

The Great Commission is all about missions, since the word “commission” contains the word “mission” in it. Now, that word “commission” means, “charge, order, or mandate.” This means that what Jesus gave us is not the great suggestion. The Bible teaches us that God is a missionary God. He is passionately committed to spreading his glory to all nations. From our text we will see 5 elements necessary for us to glorify God in His Great Commission:

  1. Availability (v.16)
  2. Worship (v.17)
  3. Submission (v.18)
  4. Obedience (v.19-20a)
  5. Power (v.20b) 

There is not a culture or an ethnic group or a society or a religion or a language where Jesus does not have the right to be worshiped as Lord. He has authority to be king and Lord and Savior everywhere, to everyone. This is the reason he commands us to make disciples in all the peoples of the world. The authority and supremacy of Jesus over every other religion and culture and society and over all gods is the basis of world missions.

Jesus Christ, the living, all-authoritative Lord of the universe, has commanded us to call every nation, every people and every religion to repent and believe in Jesus for the forgiveness of sins and the inheritance of eternal life with the one true God. Jesus has commanded us to go and make disciples among every people.

Getting Started

  1. What insight, principle, or observation from Sunday’s sermon did you find to be the most helpful, eye-opening, or troubling?
  2. What was the most difficult assignment you have ever been given?
  3. What do you think the mission of the church is?

Digging Deeper

Read Matthew 28:18-20. Here we find what is known as the Great Commission.

  1. What is the main commandment that Jesus is giving His disciples? What are the three secondary commandments?
  2. How are they to make disciples? Of whom are they to make disciples? With what resources? What is the ultimate goal of the disciple-making process? 
  3. What does Jesus promise in these verses? How much authority does Jesus have to offer His disciples in this process?
  4. According to John 20:21, how was Jesus sent? What was His relationship to His Sender?
  5. What do the following verses teach about the reason why Jesus was sent:
  • John 4:34
  • John 8:29
  • John 5:37 (cf. 1:18)
  • John 7:18

The Heart of the Matter

  1. In what ways can you fulfil the Great Commission in the context of your family? Work? Community? What is keeping you from fulfilling the Great Commission?
  2. What do you need to do to love God more? What do you need to do to love people more? What is keeping you from keeping the Great Commandment?
  3.  If the Apostle Paul lived in your community, who would he go after for Christ
  4. Where is God calling you to be an ambassador for Him? Why has he chosen you? When should you start?


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