June 19: Jesus: Final Words (Matthew 28:16-20)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
This Sunday Brandon Jordan will continue a series called Making Sense of Christ and the Spirit at 9:00am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the Old Testament).
 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.  And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.  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.” (ESV)
All agree that the last words of a person are likely some of the most important words ever spoken. Our passage contains Jesus’ last words. If you can believe this, we started this series in March 11, 2012. Matthew has been our guide leading us to understand Jesus as the promised king and messiah of God’s kingdom. He has done that in glorious ways, as we saw last week the risen and glorious Jesus receiving the worship fitting for a king by the two Mary's. And yet this is not where he ends but rather where he begins a new chapter with the re-enlistment of his scattered disciples. In these last words, he regathers his followers and reminds them of what it means to be a disciple. His words are simple but profound. Being a disciple involves savoring the glories of the one with all authority, following his commands to make disciples and trusting in his promised presence as you bring his name to the nations. Consider your own discipleship in light of these last words.
Review and Apply
1. What does it mean to consider Jesus as a cosmic Lord? How is this helpful to you today in living as a disciple?
2. Why were some of the disciples doubting? In what ways do you experience doubt? What do you do with it?
3. What does it mean to "make disciples"?
4. In what ways can you grow more intentional and instructional in your relationships in the church and out of the church?
5. What is the significance of baptism? Why the three-fold name?
6. What is the context of Jesus' promise to be with us till the end of the age?
7. Specifically, how can this promise lead to greater obedience in your life of making disciples?