Introduction (Mark 16:1-20)
What is the purpose of the Church of Jesus Christ? Is it to spread traditions and build monuments to honor God? Is it to help less fortunate souls with their necessities? Some argue that the church function is to spread religion or their creed and doctrine as the only hope redemption. Others state that it does not matter as long as you identify with a god. But believers view it as a great commission that touches everyone in some form or another. Let's look at this.
1. It is Finished (Mark 16:1-20)
· (John:19-30) At the cross Jesus cried out to The Father these words, it is finished, He accomplished his goals, Salvation.
· The Door to heaven had been open by Jesus sacrifice upon Calvary, this is salvation, His Blood.
· No more blood sacrifice or penance, Jesus is the way to Heaven.
a. (Eph 2:8-10) - The Grace of God thru Jesus Christ is our salvation no works shall save you.
b. This means that It Is Finished, if anyone comes and says different he is a liar.
c. It is very important that we understand this because we can lose focus in God's Kingdom.
d. I am not working towards salvation, it's Gods grace, my works are a reflection of gratitude.
I. (Romans 6:1-5) Christians live a righteous life because we have been delivered our works are a reflection of his salvation.
e. What this means is that we are no longer in sin but must walk in the glory of his resurrection.
f. (1Cor 15:54-58) Many religions and cults that claim they have the answer but you must follow their rules and regulation are false religions. Jesus has completed this salvation at the cross, it was by design not a mistake.
· Christians need to understand this fact it is essential to their daily walk
· I'm not working towards salvation it's mine, my works of obedience is of gratitude for what My Savior endured.
· Your works will never be enough, you'll fall short, The Devil knows this and uses this tactic to derail you.
2. The Good News
· (Isaiah 1:18 & 1Jn 2:1-6) This is the Good News, Jesus blood washers our sins away
· (1Jn 3:16-19) The Church has a message that God gave his Son to save the world
o Jesus not your works or religious affiliation will save your souls
o (2Kings 5:1-19) This is difficult for religions to understand we want the works rather that obedience. This is seen with the kings attitude towards that Word of God
1. What will you do with the Good News? Accept it or find other ways?
o (1Pet 5:6-7) What is my part in this? Humble yourself at The Cross
3. The Commission - Go Ye Church
This brings us back to The Cross, after Jesus Died and Resurrected he meets with The Church, a small congregation
· Go into all the world and preach the Gospel, to every creature or soul, this is the function of the church
· Now the question of faith comes into play if you believe you'll be saved if not you'll be dammed.
· The Good News is a two edged sword and demands a reply, after you hear the Gospel you'll have to respond
1. This choice is yours to make, every man, women and child will have to make this choice with consequences.
· The Church is God's mouth piece and proclaims his work, understand this Church it is you duty as a servant of God. Not just a cool bible verse but marching orders from God.
· It is the responsibility of every believer to proclaim his word not a choice but your duty
(Mt 10:32-33) He did the hard part The Cross you must do the simple part testify,
Because of Calvery God empowers the Church, Cast out Devils, this means we have the advantage not Satan.
Tongues, God with us The Holy Ghost now dwells with The Church and every believer
God thru The Cross has given the church power in this world and demands that that power be confessed
We have our marching orders the question is will you GO YE?
16:1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.
2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?
4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.
5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.
6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.
7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.
8 And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.
9 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.
10 And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.
11 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.
12 After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country.
13 And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them.
14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18.They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
20 And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
0 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
1 Cor 15:54-58
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
1 John 2:1-6
2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
1 John 3:16-19
16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
2 Kings 5:1-19
5:1 Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.
2 And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife.
3 And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.
4 And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel.
5 And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment.
6 And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have therewith sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy.
7 And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me.
8 And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.
9 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.
10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.
11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.
12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.
13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?
14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.
16 But he said, As the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused.
17 And Naaman said, Shall there not then, I pray thee, be given to thy servant two mules' burden of earth? for thy servant will henceforth offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice unto other gods, but unto the LORD.
18 In this thing the LORD pardon thy servant, that when my master goeth into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leaneth on my hand, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon: when I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, the LORD pardon thy servant in this thing.
19 And he said unto him, Go in peace. So he departed from him a little way.
1 Peter 5:6-7
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.