Sermon No: 12-The kingdom of God - 6B - MISSIONS
SERMON TOPIC: The kingdom of God - 6B - MISSIONS
Speaker: Gavin Paynter
Date: 9 November 2008
Topic Groups: PROPHECY, MISSIONS, KINGDOM OF GOD
What is the 'Great Commission' that Jesus gave and what are the excuses that Christians use for not keeping it?
(1) Calvinist fatalism,
(2) It’s a big sacrifice,
(3) You might suffer,
(4) I’m not qualified or talented,
(5) It’s not convenient,
(6) I have other things to do first,
(7) The task is too great.
Jesus taught 7 consecutive parables in Matthew 13 about the kingdom. The parables, if understood, reveal the secrets of “the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 13:10-11). The 7 parables refer to 7 church ages. The sixth parable of 'The Pearl of Great Price' covers the period from approximately 1700 - 1900 AD or the 'Missionary Church'.