Salvation and the Great Commission

Last lesson in our series “Understanding Salvation”
The Objectives of our lesson “Salvation and the Great Commission”
Understand the significance of the Great Commission in the context of Salvation
Review a Biblical Example of Sharing the Gospel

1. Significance of the Great Commission in the Context of Salvation

What is the great commission
Matthew 28:18–20 ESV
And Jesus came and said to them, “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.”
Ephesians 3:8–10 ESV
To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
2 Corinthians 4:6–7 ESV
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
Acts 9:4–6 ESV
And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”
Acts 10:30–33 ESV
And Cornelius said, “Four days ago, about this hour, I was praying in my house at the ninth hour, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God. Send therefore to Joppa and ask for Simon who is called Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea.’ So I sent for you at once, and you have been kind enough to come. Now therefore we are all here in the presence of God to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord.”

2. Biblical Example of Sharing the Gospel

What are the key characteristics need by a Christian to share the Gospel?

1. A Desire to Serve and Share the Gospel

Acts 1:8 ESV
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 8:26 ESV
Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place.
Philip was one of the 7 men chosen in Acts 6 who were “good reputation, full of the Spirit and wisdom”
At this time, Philip was in Samaria where a great revival was taking place.
Acts 8:27–28 ESV
And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah.

2. Taking Advantage of Open Doors of Opportunity

Acts 8:30 (ESV)
So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked

3. Understanding of Your Audience

Acts 8:30–34 NKJV
So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him. The place in the Scripture which he read was this: “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before its shearer is silent, So He opened not His mouth. In His humiliation His justice was taken away, And who will declare His generation? For His life is taken from the earth.” So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?”
Understanding you audience will determine how you share the Gospel.
Some will be open to hear, like the Eunuch - but others, not so much

4. Knowledge of the Scriptures

Acts 8:35 ESV
Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.
What is the good news about Jesus (1 Cor 15)?
Knowing the scriptures means teaching about Jesus of the Bible
Helping people realize their sin condition and their need for Jesus
John 14:6 ESV
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

5. Understanding the Need to Obey the Gospel

Acts 8:36–38 NKJV
Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.
We are God’s chosen vessels to share the Gospel
Embrace your role in sharing the message of salvation
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