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Encourage0gram May 29, 2019

Posted by Pastor Rick John on

Encourage0gram May 29, 2019
 
To my Fellow Faith Walkers,
 
A formal plea has been made by Christian leaders to pray for our President and this nation on Sunday June 2.  It is my conviction that we join this movement of prayer, not just for the President but for all who are over us in authority. 
 
Below is a portion of the official invitation written by Franklin Graham.
 
Along with 250+ Christian leaders, I am asking followers of Christ across our nation to set aside next Sunday, June 2, as a special day of prayer for the President, Donald J. Trump.
This is a critical time for America. We’re on the edge of a precipice. Time is short. We need to pray for God to intervene. We need to ask God to protect, strengthen, encourage, and guide the President.
We know that God hears and answers prayer. He can soften hearts and change minds. He is all-powerful, and He rules over the affairs of nations. The Bible instructs us to pray for those in authority, “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior” (1 Timothy 2:2–3).
On June 2, we ask that pastors would lead their congregations in praying for the President, that Sunday schools and other groups would join together and pray, and that individuals and families across the country would have a special focus on praying for the President that day.
 
Today, I was drawn to the very basic command to the church given by our Resurrected Lord Jesus. This is known as the Great Commission. Jesus primarily call to His Bride, the church.  
 
NIV Matthew 28:16-20
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 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."
 

  1. This command was given directly to the remaining 11 disciples who had also been designated Apostles by our Lord.  They went to the mountain in obedience to Jesus’ call and arrangement of their schedules!  We will never know what Jesus wants for us tomorrow if we do not follow Him today!
  2. As they observed the Resurrected Lord, they worshipped but some doubted.  The word suggests they hesitated in doubts.  Certainly, they were not doubting Jesus but themselves!  Have you ever “doubted” while you worshipped? I am sure we all have hesitated to obey the Lord and found that in worship Jesus came near and reassured us! 
  3. Their fears and doubts were erased by the Word of God.  The command to go is set on the foundation of ALL authority given to Jesus by the Father!  If He has all authority, then He is LORD of ALL. As Lord of all, we are called to obey Him.  Oh, what joy there is in following our Lord Jesus Christ one step at a time.
  4. The main verb is to make disciples. They were themselves disciples called to follow Him.  Since He had done this for them, He called them to reproduce.  This explains why we look to the model of Jesus as we make disciples.
  5. Each disciple is sought as we go.  Wherever we go, whenever we go – we seek to make disciple of our Lord Jesus. The transformation of society begins with each individual conversion.  We saw this on Sunday as Philip was called to an Ethiopian Eunuch on a desert road from Jerusalem to Gaza in Acts 8.   
  6. The task of discipleship is a life-long calling.  Once baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, then taught to OBEY all that Jesus commanded. Every day is a new opportunity to learn His commands not just for the sake of intellectual knowledge but to obey Jesus. 
  7. Finally, Jesus promises His abiding presence with us.  “Surely” introduces this certain promise. “I AM” is with us each and every day until the consummation of this age. Hallelujah! Without His Presence we dare not attempt anything!  John 15:5.  But with mutual abiding we will produce fruit that will bring Him glory and last forever!  John 15:16

 
This Sunday will be a rich time of worship including the Lord’s Supper.  We will gather to prepare to scatter all over our neighborhoods!  We will review again the conversation between Satan and Eve in Genesis 3:1-7.  As we look at this tragic moment in human history, we will find Grace! This week is a pantry express Sunday, so bring your perishable items to share with our needy brothers and sisters.  I invite you to join us this week!  Until then, let us pray without ceasing!
 
Your servant for Jesus’ sake,
Pastor Rick

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