Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Commands of Christ – Part 13: Watch and pray, feed my sheep, baptize my disciples


The Commands of Christ – Part 13:
Watch and pray, feed my sheep, baptize my disciples
HOFC - Pastor Bruce A. Shields
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SERMON INTRODUCTION
Matthew 28:18-20
 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 nationsbaptizing 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.”



SERMON SERIES
Part 13 – Watch and pray, feed my sheep, baptize my disciples
Part 14 – Receive God’s power and make disciples


TODAY’S SERMON
Await my return, take communion, be born again and keep my commands

SCRIPTURE READING
Jesus is giving this command, to Preach, Baptize and then Teach, to everyone who is a follower of Christ Jesus.  He spoke this to the disciples then, and today to His disciples, who are Followers of Christ Jesus.




       I.            WATCH AND PRAY
a.      Stop falling asleep
                                                             i.      Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”  Matthew 26:36-46

b.     Sleeping, sleeping, sleeping
                                                             i.      The Lord finds the disciples sleeping every time He leaves and comes back.
                                                          ii.      The Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak

c.      We may be found sleeping when the hour comes
                                                             i.      Look, the hour has come, Rise and let us go, here comes the betrayer.

                                                          ii.      The Lord knows the flesh is weak, but calls on us to reply on the Spirit, which is willing.

                                                       iii.      We must allow the Spirit of God to do a work in us, and through us.
1.      The Whole armor of God is from the Spirit
2.      Understanding God’s Word, is from the Spirit
3.      Spiritual gifts for the church (members) are from the Spirit
4.      Spiritual fruit produced in our lives is “super naturally” occurring fruit produced by having the Holy Spirit
5.      The strength to obey comes from the Holy Spirit

                                                        iv.      Everything we need and are called to be is by the Holy Spirit of God.

                                                           v.      And what is all of this for????? Feeding His sheep!

   II.            FEED MY SHEEP
a.      Do you love me more?
                                                             i.      When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”  John 21:15


b.     Do you love me?
                                                             i.      Jesus askes Peter, do you love me?


                                                          ii.      Three times!
1.      Do you love me more than these?
2.      Yes Lord, he said, you know that I love you.
3.      Feed my lambs
4.      Jesus asked again, do you love me?
5.      Yes Lord, you know I love you.
6.      Take care of my sheep
7.      The third time Jesus asked, do you love me?
8.      This time Peter was hurt (feelings) he answered, Lord, you know all things, you know that I love you.


c.      What is the problem here?
Peter thinks love is a feeling, or emotion, he reveals this when he answers Jesus with “you KNOW, you know, you know, you know” four times mentioning Jesus knows.
But each time Peter mentions KNOW, Jesus replies, THEN “action”
Feed my lambs, take care of my sheep, FOLLOW ME.
ALL ACTIONS. Feed, take care of, follow.
John 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commands.”
Jesus’ commands are commands of “action”

III.            BAPTIZE MY DISCIPLES
a.      Baptize my disciples
                                                             i.      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. Matthew 28:19


b.     Who are we to baptize?
                                                             i.      Disciples
                                                          ii.      Who is a disciple?
1.      Someone who follows Jesus and lives by His discipline and instruction.
                                                       iii.      Not infants.
                                                        iv.      Not kids who do not understand being a follower of Christ.
                                                           v.      Not adults who have not learned of Christ, salvation and His disciplines.
                                                        vi.      Not someone who hasn’t made a commitment to following Christ.
                                                     vii.      ONLY Disciples are to be baptized.


c.      What happens next?
                                                             i.      The Holy Spirit begins a work
                                                          ii.      Jesus will continue this work for the rest of your life
                                                       iii.      And you will receive the benefits of the Holy Spirit
                                                        iv.      And a foretaste of the coming perfection you will receive on Judgment Day

CONCLUSION
Matthew 28:18-20
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.”
Jesus promises His us, while we are obeying His commands to preach, baptize and teaching others to obey His commands, He will be with us to the end of this age!

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