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Lesson 4: Spreading the Gospel

You are now a disciple, a child of God, a member of God’s family. You have the assurance of salvation. You can pray directly to God and have fellowship with Him at any time and spend devotional time with Him. You are a member of His church, a blessed people. Now that you are maturing, you need to give back to the family. God calls you to spread the gospel and teach new believers to obey all of His commandments. Then they can proceed to teach even more people about the good news of salvation and train them also. There is a calling to share the gospel that we should hear each day.

  • Call from above-from heaven:
    The call for someone to go. (Isaiah 6:1-8; Matthew 28:18-20)
  • Call from the inside:
    We are under compulsion to spread the gospel. (1 Corinthians 9:16-17)
  • Call from the outside:
    Paul heard the call from a lost man in Macedonia to come help. (Acts 16:9)
  • Call from God’s Kingdom on Earth:
    Outside voices from lost people all around us are calling us to help them. They may say nothing with their mouth, but their hearts call for us to share the good news with them. We should not only lead people to become disciples of Jesus but also to become successful trainers, training others to make disciples who will make more disciples. In this way, you can rapidly spread the gospel message. (2 Timothy 2:2) God’s desire is for disciples to take the good news of the Kingdom outside the walls of the church building and start new groups of disciples in our homes or wherever we choose to gather together. To share the gospel with our family, friends, workmates, everyone we know or meet along the way. When we do this, God will greatly bless our lives. (Acts 2:46-47)
The Great Commission and the Commandments of God (Matthew 28:18-20)

We as disciples of Christ need to take our responsibility of sharing the gospel very seriously. But we often overlook that one little statement: “teach them to Obey ALL that I have commanded you. God has given us other commandments and principals to live by. We need to take these just as seriously.

  • The 10 Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17)
    These were written by God’s own hand and placed inside the Ark of the Covenant. (Deuteronomy 10:1-5) As we learned in an earlier study, we are in a “New Covenant” with the Lord in which He has promised to put His laws in our hearts. (Hebrews 8:7-13) He has given us a “New Commandment,” and it is the “Greatest of them all.” (Matthew 22:34-40) How to love God is summarized in the first four of the Ten Commandments. How to love others is in the remaining six. Paul calls it the “Law of Liberty” in James 2:10-12.
    Do we actually need to obey this “Law of Liberty”? (James 1:19-25; 2:8-12)
    What did Jesus say when He was asked what we need to do to inherit eternal life?  (Luke 18:18-20)
  • The Forgotten Commandment
    In our day, one of the commandments is often forgotten, even though God told us to remember it, foreseeing what would take place in the future. (Ex 20:8) While the Sabbath (Saturday) is still honored and kept faithfully in some countries like Israel, others have adopted Sunday as the day of rest, calling it “The Lord’s Day”, forsaking the commandment of God. Sunday was another workday in the Roman Empire. On March 7th, 321, however, Roman Emperor Constantine issued a civil decree making Sunday a day of rest from labor, stating: “All judges and city people and the craftsmen shall rest upon the venerable day of the sun”. Many Christians today try to justify Sunday worship based on Jesus being resurrected on that day. They also us Colossians 2:16, in an attempt to lead others away from the true sabbath, but if we read the scripture in context, beginning in verse 8, reading through verse 17, we see that Paul is referring to the festivals with their full moons and “High Sabbaths”, not the7th day sabbath from the founding of creation. (John 19:31) Jesus Himself makes it very clear that He did not come to change or abolish God’s Holy Law.
    What did Jesus say about changing the commandments of God? (Matthew 5:17-19)
    What is Jesus the Lord of? (Matthew 12:8)
    Did the disciples keep the Sabbath?  (Luke 23:56)
    Ultimately, entering God’s rest, as was promised to us as believers in Hebrews chapter 4, comes only through our great high priest, Jesus Christ. Our true rest comes from the realization that our works avail us nothing. (Titus 3:5-6) Our true rest is in the finished work of Jesus on the cross. (John 19:30)