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The Church’s Mission and Methods

October 25, 2015 Preacher: Rich Lanning Series: Seasons of the Church Year

Topic: Reformation Sunday Scripture: Matthew 28:18–28:20

The Church’s Mission and Methods
Matthew 28:18–20
October 25, 2015


I. The starting point of the church’s mission: Christ's authority. Matthew 28:18

     A. It begins with an announcement, not a command.

     B. By His authority He takes the initiative. John 15:16

     C. He triumphs over the world. John 16:33

     D. He has authority over life and death. John 17:2–3; Revelation 1:17–18; Acts 16:14

     E. He will successfully build His church. Matthew 16:18

II. The methods Christ authorizes.

     A. Baptizing them. Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38–39

     B. Preaching and teaching. Matthew 28:20; Romans 10:14–17

     C. Church discipline. Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:17

Questions for reflection:

  • Why is it important that the church’s mission begin with a declaration and not a command?
  • What kinds of things are included in the authority given to Jesus?
  • What happens when we lose sight of Christ's authority over all things?
  • What methods have been authorized by Jesus? What might be examples of the church substituting new methods in place of these?

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