40 DAYS ON MISSION #6: "GO in Christ's Authority" (audio partially recorded)

Sermon Date: 
Oct 29 2017
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“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man." - Matthew 24:36-37

"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.” - Matthew 28:18-20

THE GREATEST HOLY INVITATION
Do you remember who invited you into a relationship and fellowship with God? Chances are, God used a few courageous people in your life-journey to bring you towards that GREAT HOLY INVITATION of eternal life. My grandmother planted an early Gospel seed at age of four. It wasn't until my early teenage years when I recognized how God’s Holy Perfect Love and Holy Perfect Justice paid the price for the forgiveness of my sins through His Son Jesus Christ. With that understanding and conviction within my heart, I asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior! God certainly used my friends and a couple relatives to help nurture that early Gospel seed-plant! I praise God for all of them!

HOW DO WE KNOW THE HEAVENLY WAY TO GOD
Perhaps you're uncertain the way to have a peaceful relationship with God now and for all eternity. Maybe you’re like one of Jesus’ disciples wondering how we really know the WAY to God and the Way to the Heavenly Realms of Glory. John 14:5-6 reads, “Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”

AGE OF BLINDNESS
Well, for many, we have joyfully received this GOOD NEWS and have embraced GOD’S LAVISHING LOVE FOR US IN CHRIST – BUT REGRETTABLY, SATAN CONTINUES TO DECEIVE AND BLIND THE MINDS OF MANY AROUND US! 2 Corinthians 4:4: “The ‘god’ of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” And this is the AGE we would define as the LAST THINGS LEADING TO JESUS’ RETURN. Jesus declared how signs of the End of Age prior to His return will be like the days of Noah (e.g., evil, wicked, nothing to do with God - see Genesis 6:5)

WARNING SIGNS AS LIKE THE DAYS OF NOAH
false prophets (2 Peter 2:1-3; 2 Tim. 4:3-4); wars-earthquakes-famines-diseases (Matt. 24:7); lovers of pleasure than lovers of God (2 Tim. 3:1-2); days like Sodom with lust and ungodly sexual pleasures (Luke 17:28-30); denial of God (2 Peter 3:3-6);abandonment of faith to follow demons (1 Tim. 4:1), etc.

LAST CALL - ARE YOU READY
Are you paying attention to the warning signs of Christ's nearing return? Are you ready to meet the very face of Jesus upon your death for His judgment? IT'S NOT TOO LATE! IF YOU KNOW YOU NEED YOUR SINS FORGIVEN SO YOU MAY BE A PEACE WITH GOD NOW AND FOR ALL ETERNITY I ENCOURAGE YOU TO SAY THIS PRAYER. Remember God so LOVES YOU that he gave his one and only Son that whoever shall believe in him shall not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

“Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner who has lived life in my own ways. I am sorry for my sins against you. I am now in need of your forgiveness as offered through your Son Jesus Christ who shed His precious blood on the cross and died for my sins - sins which I am now willing to turn away from with your help. Your Holy Word says that if we confess Jesus as Lord and believe in our hearts that you raised Him from the dead, we shall be saved. I confess to you Jesus as the Lord for my soul and believe you raised Jesus from the dead declaring victory over my sins and death. I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and ask now for the Holy Spirit to begin your work in me that transforms my life to bring glory and honor to His Name and Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ Name AMEN.”

CHURCH - GO IN CHRIST'S AUTHORITY
As our very culture or perhaps the community around us changes towards the common ways of EVIL and UNGODLY WAYS, WE CAN’T HELP BUT BE ENLISTED AS A MISSIONARY IN OUR CONTEXT SIMPLY BY LIVING FAITHFULLY FOR OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AS EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT! This means that AS THE CHURCH, WE NEED TO BE ON OUR KNEES ASKING FOR GOD’S OUTPOURING OF HIS SPIRIT TO BE PLACED UPON US - THAT THE PRESENCE OF OUR HOLY GOD WILL IGNITE THE LIGHT OF CHRIST WITHIN US, EQUIP US, EMPOWER US WITH COURAGE AND BOLDNESS TO RESPECTFULLY LIVE OUT THE PRESENCE OF CHRIST TO BE THE LIGHT OF SALVATION FOR THE LOST SOULS OUT THERE STILL SEEKING! SO “GO” in the Name of Jesus – “GO” as commissioned by His authority! “GO” as the God’s chosen, divinely gifted, and empowered children! “GO” as humble servants of Christ! – “GO” and set the CAPTIVES FREE FROM SATAN’S BONDAGE! “GO” AND CAST OUT THE DEMONS IN JESUS’ NAME! “GO” AND BRING THE HEALING PRESENCE OF JESUS CHRIST TO THE SICK… “GO” AND BRING GOD’S COMFORT TO LONELY AND HURT! “GO” AND SHARE THE GOSPEL THAT INVITES GOD’S KINGDOM TO REIGN IN THE HEARTS OF PEOPLE UPON THIS EARTH UNTIL JESUS RETURNS!

Living in His Victory,
Pastor Trevor