“You’re off to Great Places!” (Psalm 22:27-31; Matthew 28:16-20)

This morning, we reflected on two Great Commissions, one from Dr. Seuss (Oh, the Places You’ll Go) and one from Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20). If you’d like to read through the sermon again, click the following link: You’re off to Great Places! Also consider the following reflective questions:

  • In the sermon I suggest a cycle of discipleship: desperation-celebration-commission. How do you see this cycle present in your own life?
  • Jesus last words from the cross point us back to Psalm 22. Read through this Psalm again and recognize both elements of desperation and celebration. What do you think it means that “all the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord.” (Psalm 22:27)? The Psalmist declares that this will happen because “dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.” (Psalm 22:28). How do you see God’s active reign in our world today?
  • In the Great Commission, Jesus commissions us to do the participle work of going, baptizing, and teaching. All authority has been given to Jesus and he promises to be with us as we go about God’s work. Jesus, therefore, will accomplish the central task of discipling the nations through our faithful response to his call. What do you think? Are you ready to respond more actively to Jesus’ call? How so? What other participles characterize the way you would like to respond (e.g. loving, serving, listening, etc.)?
  • The central task in the commission is to disciple the nations. This is much more than simply “saving individual souls.” How does a bigger vision of joining God to “disciple the nations” inspire you to live?

Feel free to post other related thoughts and questions as well.

Peace, Phil

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