MODULE 14 - FULFILLING THE GREAT COMMISSION
That the disciple-servant gain the understanding that each believer is a “joint” and/or “band” in the Body of Christ that supplies some service or ministry within and to the church of the Lord Jesus Christ; and that all true ministry or service, regardless of type, flows from a strong relationship with, and commitment to, the Lord.
Things to do on this week:
-Reading Assignment: Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Corinthians 10:23-33; Ephesians 4:1-16; Mark 10:35-45; Luke 10:38-41; John 15:1-8; John 13:1-17; John, Ch.21;
Acts 6:1-8; Acts 8:1-8; Acts, Ch.9;1 Peter 4:10-11; Galatians 3:28
-Watch videos: “ Fulfilling the Great Commission”, and “ Kingdom Service”.
-Read “Final thoughts”.
-Consider this week’s questions; and submit the answers/feedback by Friday, June 25th, 2021.
Sandra Thomas Brown
The last words of anyone before leaving this world are often among their most memorable, if not THE most memorable; and Jesus’ last words before His ascension back to Heaven were/are no different. Jesus’ charge to the church in the Great Commission- to “ Go, and teach all nations, baptizing them…”-were among His last words , and should be foremost in our hearts. Ephesians 4:1-16 encapsulates the entire mission of the church; but defines it in greater detail for all of the members of the Body of Christ, beyond their conversion . Jesus went to the cross and was raised from the dead for our justification from sin, but also to give ministry/ministerial, spiritual ( 1Corinthians 12), and motivational gifts ( Romans 12) to the church for its unification, spiritual growth within the individual believers, and the edification of all believers in the Body of Christ by fellow Christians. Fulfilling this mission should be the goal of each individual congregation, and each individual believer in every congregation. However, that mission will be greatly hindered without the full commitment of all Christians in every local church congregation throughout the entire Body of Christ.
Each congregation has to assess honestly whether or not it is thoroughly developing and equipping/training its ministers and sheep, including through praying for them. Each individual believer has to honestly assess his or her own commitment to learning God’s Word, practicing it; prayer; and seeking the Lord about how He wants to use him or her, and then yielding to Him.
The purpose of this class has been to cause you to be more informed about Bible truths and the Kingdom of God, but also to provoke or challenge each of you who studied the lessons and participated to develop a deeper relationship with the Lord, and to take your rightful place within the Body of Christ as the “joint” and “ band” that God has called you to be. I pray that this class has helped you a little bit along that path; and that you continue on it.
Sandra Thomas Brown
**Note: In Week/Lesson 12 on the “ Millennium and Misdirection”, I realized afterwards that I left out The New Heaven and Earth, and The New Jerusalem out of the [ incomplete] list of eschatological events. My apologies.
Questions to Consider
1. How much time do you spend meditating in God’s Word? is there room for improvement?
2. How much time do you spend in prayer, on average, in a day? A week? Is there room for improvement?
3. Do you have a prayer partner, or are you a member of a prayer circle/group?
4. Are you engaged in some form of ministry? If so, what?
5. If not, has this class encouraged you to seek the lord about how He may want to use you?
6. Did you learn anything new in this class? If so, what was it or were they?
7. Is there any biblical topic that you have an interest in learning more about?