Friday Devo

Scripture Reading:

Matthew 28:18-20
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Commentary from the ESV Study Bible:

28:18 All authority. In his risen state, Jesus exercises absolute authority throughout heaven and earth, which shows his deity. His authority has been given by the Father, which indicates that he remains subject to the Father.
28:19 The imperative (make disciples, that is, call individuals to commit to Jesus as Master and Lord) explains the central focus of the Great Commission, while the Greek participles (translated go, baptizing, and “teaching” [v. 20]) describe aspects of the process. all nations. Jesus’ ministry in Israel was to be the beginning point of what would later be a proclamation of the gospel to all the peoples of the earth, including not only Jews but also Gentiles. The name (singular, not plural) of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is an early indication of the Trinitarian Godhead and an overt proclamation of Jesus’ deity.
28:20 Teaching is a means by which disciples of Jesus are continually transformed in order to become more like Christ (cf. 10:24–25; Rom. 8:29; 2 Cor. 3:18). observe. Obey. I am with you always. Jesus concludes the commission, and Matthew his Gospel, with the crucial element of discipleship: the presence of the Master, who is “God with us” (cf. Matt. 1:23).

Study Questions:

  • Disciples make disciples! Jesus commanded us to take the good news of the Gospel with us everywhere we go. We are to be his witnesses on the earth. When is the last time you shared your faith with someone? When is the last time you intentionally steered a conversation in a spiritual direction? Who can you share with? Pray for opportunities! 

  • Matt challenged us on Sunday to send a text to friends/family in our lives that need Jesus. Did you send one? Take some time, right now in our group, to send a text or two. Say something like, "Hey _______! I just wanted to let you know you're on my mind today and I'm praying for you! Please let me know if there's anything specific I can be praying for!" Give updates on their response this week to the group! 

Pray:

  • That you would be his witness everywhere you go.
  • That you would look for opportunities to share Jesus with those who need him.

This Week's City 7:

Try to commit to memory !

2. Are there sources outside the Bible that confirm the Biblical account of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead? Many Roman and Jewish historians have confirmed that the apostles died as martyrs for preaching that they saw Jesus risen from the grave. No one dies for something they know to be a lie.
(Luke 1:1-4; Acts 26:26; 1 John 1:1-4, Josephus, Clement, Hegesippus, Tertullian, Origen, Polycarp)

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