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Friday, June 30, 2006

A Pleasant Surprize Involving DAC

A few years ago when Ravi was speaking in Scarlem I was loitering near the book table and noticed a table full of free sermons on tape from Sola Scriptura. I grabbed few, because hey, free tapes. Needless to say, many of the tapes were either lost or ruined because tapes just suck to take care of especially when they don't come with a case. WELL, yesterday I was looking for something to listen to while I made an omelet. I noticed a pile of tapes and cds sitting on the bottom step leading up to our attic. I went over and took a moment to peruse the contents of the pile. In the midst of some very random stuff I found a caseless tape named The Mission of The Church: D.A. Carson. It played like a charm! What a find. What a sermon. Here are some things he said about the Great Commission.

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Do you remember when Jesus said of John the Baptist in Matt 11:11, "Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist." John, therefore is made greater than Isaiah, David, Solomon, and Abraham. Greater on the axis of ability to point to Christ. The second half of verse 11 then says, "yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he." Does this then not make us greater than John, Isaiah, David, Abraham, and Solomon on the same axis? The freshest and most immature Christian, as long as they ARE a Christian, has a far greater ability to point others to Christ than even JB.

The Great Commission was not something tacked on to the end of the Gospel of Matthew but rather is what the entire Bible is about: making known a God of whom the world does not know. I highly recommend reading Isaiah 45 and/or Psalm 96.

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So we are greater than John the Baptist. The Great Commission gives no geographical limit. All authority is given to Jesus. Link this to the doctrine of election (as seen in Acts 18:9-10). WE ARE GOING TO BE USED TO CHANGE THE WORLD BY WINNING THE SOULS THAT BELONG TO GOD.

Lets get out there man! They're all waiting for us.


Serve your king.

3 Comments:

Anonymous bono said...

Amen.

7:56 PM  
Blogger Son of Man said...

good to have you on board here, bono.

8:08 PM  
Blogger JLF said...

Josh, check this out. Just as "luck" would have it...

10:47 AM  

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