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II Corinthians 5:20 NKJV
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.

Ambassador—an official representative

Reconcile—to be friendly or harmonious; to adjust; to settle the differences; to bring to quiet submission or acceptance.

The Greek word for “evangelism” means “sharing good news”.

Acts 26:18 NKJV
18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’

I am right now going to recommission every one of us as ambassadors for Jesus Christ.

Use your testimony.

Acts 26:28 NKJV
28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”

I Corinthians 3:6-7 NKJV
6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.

The Great Commission

Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

It’s our turn. Christ has no back up plan. We are the plan.

Matthew 28:16-17 NKJV
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.

This plan can only be accomplished by the fact that the Spirit of God has come within us, prompted us, and challenged us to move forward; even when we have doubt or other agendas, it’s still the Spirit of God that brings us back to this great commission and to the fact we are commissioned.

Acts 1:8 NKJV
8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Acts 1:6 NKJV
6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”

Some of the 500 in Acts chapter 1 were mentally captivated by the physical restoration of Israel. They wanted more than anything for the Romans to be defeated and Israel once more to be a great nation.

The majority of the crowds that followed Jesus seemed more interested in what He could do than who He was.

All of a sudden, a man, who was just a simple fisherman—who denied even knowing Christ—turned into a flaming evangelist with no doubt and no fear, declaring the power of God and quoting scripture from the book of Joel and Psalms without any hesitation.

This was not bad for the disciples’ first crusade. Three thousand souls were added to the kingdom.

Christ ends His words to the 11 disciples in Matthew 28 by saying, “Lo, I am with you always even to the end of the age.”

In other words, He has promised that He’s going to help us to accomplish this great commission to reach the world.

Mark 1:17 NKJV
17 Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”

To catch men and women, we’ve got to use the right bait—the bait of a life that’s filled with the love of God and words that are filled with His love.

The gospels record approximately 132 contacts Jesus had with people.

6 were in the temple.
4 were in the synagogues.
122 were with people in their daily walks of life.

As I have said—inviting people to church is fine and good, but the Great Commission is about going

Matthew 28:19 NKJV
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Romans 6:4 NKJV
4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.


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