This is the last sermon of this four-part sermon series. Three weeks ago I spoke on The Great Compassion (Matt 9:35-38 — Jesus’ love for us); two weeks ago we studied The Great Confession (Matt 16:13-23); last Sunday: The Great Commandment (Matt 22:34-40 — love God and neighbor). Notice how the series progresses from Jesus’ love for us (Compassion), to our response to him (Confession: He is the Son of God), to our living out the call of discipleship (Commandment: Love God and neighbor).
Today we will look at the inevitable result of loving God and neighbor: we tell our neighbors about God. Not long before he ascended, Jesus assembled with the men he’d spent the last few years training and discipling . . . and he told them to continue the mission.