Sermon on Sunday July 22, 2012 by Pastor Thomas Tate


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Sermon Outline



And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

-Matthew 28:18-20


[“For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.] “What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? “If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray. “So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.

-Matthew 18:11-14


And He summoned the twelve and began to send them out in pairs, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits…They went out and preached that men should repent.

-Matthew 6:7,12


He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

-Acts 1:7-8


One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.

-Psalm 145:4


“And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. “Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes!

-Matthew 18:4-7


“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven. [“For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.]

-Matthew 18:10-11


“As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. “For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth. “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.

-John 17:18-21


And He said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ “This is the great and foremost commandment. “The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

-Matthew 22:37-40


‘I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. ‘But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. ‘Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent.

-Revelation 2:2-5


“For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur. “And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence, while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.

-Acts 4:27-31

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

1.  Have you ever been to an NAB Triennial and how was it?

2.  How did it strike you when you heard that so many NAB churches have not had salvations and baptisms in years? That so many pastors feared to follow Jesus completely (some due to fear of congregation)?

3.  The NAB is calling its churches to get back to focusing on the purpose of Jesus and the early church to remedy this problem of salvations.  Read Matthew 28:18-20.  How is the promise of God (to be with us always or support us) connected to the commandments of Jesus in this passage?  What can we do as individuals and as a church to get back on track with the purpose of Jesus for His church?

4.  Read Matthew 18:11-14.  Why did Jesus come?  Who is Jesus more concerned about and who should we be more concerned about?  Who does God rejoice MORE over, long time members or new believers? What does a church look like that is more focused on outreaching than themselves?  What would Calvary look like?

5.  Read Acts 1:7-8.  What is the main sign that you have received the power of the Holy Spirit?  What is a witness in a court of law?  Have you ever or when have you told some one the whole salvation story and invited them to pray and receive Jesus?  If you truly obey the Bible and God more than your fears why haven’t you witnessed more?

6.  Read Psalm 145:4 and Matthew 18:4-7.  How does God feel about us reaching back to the younger generation? What is His warning to those that don’t reach out to them?  Why do you think that Calvary has lost so many young people and not replaced the younger generation over the last decade (give or take years)? Please be honest and not defensive. How do you feel about the fact that the younger generation is looking for authenticity in the older “believers” and aren’t finding it?

7.  I, Pastor Thomas, am hopeful that God has left many of the people still here at Calvary to fix this and begin a new effort to get back to our purpose and reaching our community and the next generation, along with the new people coming.  Do you see yourself as part of this plan or still on the sidelines and wanting to resist any change?