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The Master's Mandates

Marching Orders!

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe | April 2, 1978

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Each of the first five books in the New Testament contains marching orders for believers given by their King—Jesus. Believers in Christ have Jesus working through them in order to make disciples. This is an obligation—an activity that touches the whole world for God’s glory.

Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.

In each of the first five books of the New Testament there are marching orders.

These orders were given to real believers.

We are involved in something that touches of the world.

Three factors in this commission:

-       Authority (Matthew 28:18)

  • Matthew is the story of the King.
  • Jesus has authority to heal, to forgive sins, and over Satan.
  • Jesus wants to exercise that authority through us.
  • The Gospel is an inclusive message for all people. Its very nature demands that we share it.
  • We have an obligation.
  • We are under orders.

-       Activity

  • The main verb is to “make disciples.”
  • The emphasis is not on an elite group; it is a command for all believers.
  • Make disciples while you are going, wherever you are.
  • Disciples means to make a new believer your apprentice to train them to become a trainer themselves.
  • Are you disciplining anyone?

-       Ability

  • Jesus says, “I am with you always.”
  • Jesus is with us as we pray, in His power, and in His promise.
  • We have so little on our own, but Jesus works through us.
  • Responsibility is our response to His ability.
  • This is not a promise, it is a fact.
  • He is with us, are you with Him?
  • If we are completely with Him, we will get the job done.

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