Proclaim His Name
Main Scripture: Matthew 28:18-20
This has been the strangest Easter season that I have ever experienced. For 59 years straight, I have always been in the church building with my family and friends on Easter. I’m still not used to this on-line way of doing church. But hey, I’m so thankful that God has given us the technology to make it happen. Even though we’re in the middle of such a time of uncertainty, does that mean that we can’t have church? Absolutely not! The Gospel doesn’t need to stop, just because the church doors are closed. After the resurrection, Jesus gave us some very important instructions. It’s the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20:
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and earth. 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 things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
We need to be the church, outside the walls now more than ever! Look at everything you’re doing as a ministry opportunity. I know some are sowing masks for those who need them; some are going and getting groceries for shut-ins; others are delivering DVD’s of our church services. Question: What could you be doing for God? So, preacher, what’s that got to do with the Great Commission? Do you see the part of the verse that says, “To observe all things that I have commanded you”? Jesus is our example! Let’s let the church be the church! Let us minister together! We sure don’t need to try and do it on our own. Look at the last part of the verse… “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Now, as we go in that power, remember what the main reason we’re here is… “To spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Proclaim His Name! We are to be sharing the life- saving message with those who are around us! Wouldn’t it be awesome if, when we start back meeting corporately, that we could baptize all the people that we led to Christ during this pandemic? Then, we could disciple them, just like we’re told to do. Our first service back could be a celebration of what He has done! Let us get busy for His Kingdom! To God be the Glory!
Love and Blessings,
Laboring and Loving it,
Rev. Larry Baldwin
Pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church
Transformed Student Ministry