In Acts 1, Luke tells us that, ” In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.”
What commands did Jesus give right before he ascended? In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus said, “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.” Here is our mandate for missions. Jesus has commanded us to go, to make disciples and to teach. And He promises to be with us, and not only that, HE has all authority and says that is the REASON we can go confidently. HE is sovereign!
Jesus asked the disciples to wait until the Holy Spirit came on them with power, and then to go. Acts 1:8 ” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
- God is sovereign over all missions!
- God has given all authority to Jesus…ALL!
- God has given us the promised Holy Spirit and power for missions!
- He has promised to be with us in missions!
- We are to GO as He has commanded…missions!