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I was working with a short term mission team over the weekend and decided to teach them the simple inductive Bible study method we detailed in this previous post. I was incredibly impressed at how quickly the group read the scripture, looked at the words and then came up with a summary statement and obedience actions. So I thought I would share some of what they found.
Here is the text:
1 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
The Guards’ Report
11 While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.
The Great Commission
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Some of what was noticed when asking the 4 key questions:
What does this teach us about God?
- Verse 6 – Jesus is alive!
- Verses 9 and 17 – He accepts our worship
- Verse 18 – He has all authority
- Verse 20 – He is always with us
What does this teach us about ourselves?
- Verses 4 and 5 – We fear
- Verses 13-14 – We lie to protect our power or reputation
- Verse 17 – We can still doubt God even when He shows Himself to us
Are there any sins to avoid?
- Verse 5 – Fear
- Verse 15 – Lying
- Verse 17 – Doubt
Are there any commands to obey?
- Verses 5 and 10- Do not be afraid
- Verses 7,10 and 19 – Go tell others!
- Verse 19 – Baptize new disciples
- Verse 20 – Teach new disciples to obey
At the end of our time, the group was asked to summarize the entire passage. This is what they came up with:
Do not be afraid! Jesus is alive! Now go tell everyone.
I will challenge you with the very same challenge the group was given:
Now that you have read the commands of Christ, how are you going to obey?
Church (the big C, body of Christ Church),
why do we exist?
To worship God.
To go to church to learn more about God.
To be sanctified and become a better “us.”
None of those are wrong by any means. But if those are the primary purposes why are we still here? On earth? Would it not be much easier to do all of those things in Heaven away from all the temptations of this fallen world? Becoming more Christ-like would certainly be easier if we could walk with Him in paradise without distractions.
So again…Church, why do we exist?
While those answers are not incorrect, they do seem to be incomplete. What did Jesus have to say?
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” -Mark 16:15
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. –Luke 24:45-47
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” -John 20:21
In all four gospels the writers include what has been come to be called the Great Commission. And while all four gospels are eye witness accounts of Jesus and His ministry that do not contradict one another, there are very few things about Jesus life that make it into all four of the gospels. For instance Jesus walking on water occurs in Matthew, Mark, and John but not in the gospel of Luke. And the miracle of turning water into wine only appears in the gospel of John.
However, the commissioning of His disciples was significant enough that all four of the gospel accounts included it.
So what does that mean for us as the Church today? Clearly Jesus left us here for a purpose. He said, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”
Why did the Father send Jesus?
To pay for our sins.
To restore our relationship with the Father.
To show how much He loved us.
Again, all 100% true and biblical. As before they are not incorrect, but perhaps incomplete.
Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else–to the nearby villages–so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” -Mark 1:38
Jesus was sent in order to preach the Kingdom of God. And now He has passed that mission on to the Church. Jesus created His church for the purpose of mission.
“It’s not that God has a mission for his Church in the world, but that God has a Church for his mission in the world.” – Chris Wright Tweet
How are we doing at the mission that we were sent out for?