forty days after Jesus rose from the dead, he ascended back into heaven to sit at the right had of God in power and authority over all creation. but his work on earth was not over. he left instructions to his disciples to continue the movement we now call christianity. he did it with these words…
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” matthew 28.18-20
in this call to make disciples, Jesus says three things:
2. teach to OBEY
3. teach to obey all my COMMANDS
in other words, Jesus is emphasizing that a disciple of his – a believer, a christian – will learn and obey the things Jesus taught during the three years of his ministry before his death and resurrection.
faith in Jesus and obedience to his teachings are the ultimate foundation of the christian life. just as all homes in a neighborhood, while appearing different, have the same slab, so christians all have the same basic faith and calling. this series will be about the teachings of Jesus: what they were, what they meant, and a call to obedience.
following the commands of Jesus is important for five reasons:
1. obedience is good for each of us – they were given for our quality of life.
2. obedience identifies us. those who are saved will live as their savior commands.
3. obedience unites us. as a church, we are healthier if we are all living in the same direction.
4. obedience honors Christ.
5. obedience glorifies God – and this is the ultimate reason we exist.