“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 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.
Matt. 28:18-20 NKJV
The last word written in Matthew’s Gospel comes right after Jesus’ final words spoken on earth before He ascends into Heaven. These final words from Jesus to His disciples are the Great Commission. The final word from Matthew to his readers is the word AMEN.
According to www.BlueLettterBible.org the word Amen, if found at the end of a statement, means “so it is, so be it, may it be fulfilled. “ The author further states:
It was a custom, which passed over from the synagogues to the Christian assemblies, that when he who had read or discoursed, had offered up solemn prayer to God, the others responded Amen, and thus made the substance of what was uttered their own.
So when we say “Amen” during a sermon, we are saying to the preacher and all who are sitting near you that you are agreeing with what is being said as if they were you on words.
When Matthew puts his “Amen” right after Jesus’ final words, he is telling his readers that he agrees wholeheartedly with these words just spoken as if they were his own. But he also places the reader in a position to do the same. We can put our “Amen” there as well.
The “Amen” is basically reinforcement to being committed to what is being said in the Great Commission. The commitment is to not only what is being said, but in actually carrying out what is being said. The “Amen” is saying, let’s do this.
As we recommit to the Great Commission here at Rose of Sharon, we are recommitting as a pastoral staff, as individual Christians, as families, and as members of a congregation to being Great Commission disciples and disciple makers.
We are recommitting to the Authority of Jesus Christ and submitting to His Lordship in obedience to His command to go and make disciples
We are recommitting to be obedient to go where He leads and to be on mission as we go about our daily lives
We are recommitting to make disciples, including evangelizing new believers and instructing all believers to grow towards becoming mature followers of Christ, who in turn can make disciples
We are recommitting to share the gospel and partnering with other churches to reach people from all nations, here and abroad
We are recommitting to baptizing believers as a step of obedience to follow Christ’s example and as an entrance into church membership
We are recommitting to teaching all disciples to obey the commands of Christ and to apply this knowledge to our daily walk
We are recommitting to our total reliance on the presence of Holy Spirit to be with us as we live out the Great Commission.
On August 11, our D. O. M., Marty Childers, will lead our church family in Recommissioning our church to be a Great Commission church. It is our prayer that you seriously consider if you can wholeheartedly agree to this recommitment. Do not recommit if you are not led to do so.
Amen? Or Amen!
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