This past weekend at Eastbrook, we concluded our series entitled “The Beginning of the End,” as well as our entire year and a half journey through the Gospel of Matthew. This series explores the resurrection of Jesus in tandem with some of Jesus’ teaching about the fall of Jerusalem and the end of all time. This weekend I preached from Matthew 28:16-20, the final portion of the Gospel and popularly know as the Great Commission.
This message is from the tenth and final part of our longer journey through the Gospel of Matthew, which includes “Family Tree,” “Power in Preparation,” “Becoming Real,” “The Messiah’s Mission,” “Stories of the Kingdom,” “Who Do You Say I Am?“, “‘Tis the Reason,” “Jesus Said What?!“, and “Scandalous Jesus.“
You can find the message video and outline below. You can also view the entire series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
A Return (28:16)
11 apostles (the 12 minus Judas)
A return to where everything started: “Galilee of the Gentiles” (4:15)
A Meeting (28:17)
Jesus meets with the disciples
The disciples worship Jesus
Some of the disciples hesitate or doubt
Jesus draws near to speak to them
A Commission (28:18-20)
The authority of Jesus (28:18)
Go and make disciples of all peoples (28:19)
Baptize them in the name of the Triune God (28:19)
Teaching them all Jesus’ taught (28:20)
The ongoing, abiding presence of Jesus (28:20)
An End and a New Beginning
The end of the Gospel of Matthew is a new beginning for the church
The end of our journey with this Gospel is a new beginning for us
Join the song:
- Growing as disciples ourselves: word and baptism
- Making disciples ourselves: declare Jesus’ authority and invite people to become Jesus’ disciples
This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:
- Memorize Matthew 28:18-20
- Like the disciples in this scene, take time to worship Jesus as King with words or song. What hesitations or doubts do you have? Name those and bring them to Him in prayer.
- As we finish our journey through the Gospel of Matthew, return to look over the entire book and write down a list of some of things God has been teaching you or ways God has been growing you through it. Share that with a friend this week.
- For further insight into the Great Commission, consider reading:
- Robert E. Coleman’s book The Master Plan of Evangelism
- Dallas Willard’s book The Great Omission