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Where Is This Church Going?, Part 3
Pastor Steve Schell
Matthew 28:18-20
A. Review Principles
• Transformation precedes education
• Transformation requires three baptisms
- Father: repentance
- Son: faith in Christ
- Holy Spirit: indwelling
• Education centers on obeying the commands of Christ
• Having been transformed and educated, disciples “go” and reproduce this discipleship in others
- They go with Christ’s spiritual authority (v 18)
- And confident His presence is always with them (v 20)

B. Remember
• Our goal: To help as many people as possible go to heaven
• Our method: Focus on making disciples for Jesus
(And today we’ll discuss:)
• Our reason: Because only true disciples are able to reproduce saving faith in others (Jesus said the harvest is reduced by the shortage of laborers; Mt 9:36-38)

C. Sowing “Seeds”
God changes the world by changing people. Like a farmer sowing seed He casts true disciples into the world. Each is given unique avenues of influence (family, friends, workplace…).
• Matthew 13:24-30 - wheat and tares; Matthew 13:36-43 – sower: Jesus, field: world, good seed: disciples, tares: untransformed religious people (v 41)
• Examples: Birdseed in a feeder: sprouts; microwave seed: won’t sprout
• Seeds have life in them. Seeds of wheat found in Egyptian tombs still sprout 3,000 years later.
• Mark 4:26-29 “…the Kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil…”
• Matthew 4:30-32 – mustard seed
[Only a living seed can reproduce life.]
• John 14:17 “He abides with you and will be in you” (you are a seed containing eternal life)
• 1 John 3:9 “No one born of God practices sin because His seed abides in him…”
• Matthew 15:13 “Every plant My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted…”
• Matthew 15:14 “…they are blind guides. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit” (remember Jn 3:3)

D. Abraham Principle
Abraham became a living seed (Ge 15:5) so he could pass eternal life to the next generation.
• Galatians 3:6-9, 16, 29
• Noah/flood/Nimrod (tower of Babel, first antichrist)
• Notice: Passing faith to the next generation is not automatic. Some accept, some resist, however, diligent prayer dramatically affects this.
- Abraham: Isaac and Ishmael
- Isaac: Jacob and Esau
- Jacob: Joseph, Judah and ?

E. A Question from Parents: How do we pass eternal life to our children?
Q: If transformation precedes education should we delay teaching our children until we’re sure they’re born again?
• “These words which I am commanding you today… you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up” (Dt 6:6, 7)
• “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Pr 22:6)

A: God’s Word commands parents to train their children in His ways, this means they are not only “teachers,” but also “pastors.” They watch the child’s heart not just their heads. They watch:
• The child’s softness to God
• The child’s tenderness toward them
• Resentment toward others which tends to harden us toward God
• The child’s draw to the world

Only God can bring a person’s heart to the place where he/she can surrender to Him, but as a parent, you can explain the way to God, pray and model.

Here are three ingredients we saw God use to draw our children to Himself:
• Modeling by the parents: they watch you surrender.
• Miracles: They see God act on behalf of your family – protecting, providing, guiding, healing…
• Love: They experience unconditional love through you. (Discipline is done in love.)

F. Conclusion
Q: What is the strategy of our church?
A: To make disciples according to the model of the Great Commission and support them as they serve their Master.

To do this, we constantly pursue three goals:
• We seek to present the whole gospel so people can actually be changed inside.
• We invite people to join a community of believers who:
- Study the Word of God
- Worship
- Pray
- Love one another
• We offer training so people can do effective ministry and provide opportunities to serve others.

So, our focus is on your discipleship, seeing that you’re trained and given the support you need. Then Jesus Himself will cast you into the field where He chooses, and you’ll bring forth much fruit for Him.

G. Questions
1) Do you have friends or family who love you, but would never go to church or listen to a religious program? You have a unique “bridge” to their heart. Has God talked to you about how He wants to use you to reach them?
2) People surrender to Jesus at various ages. How old were you when you really did this? If it hasn’t happened yet, tell us what’s holding you back, if you know.
3) If you had a godly parent who led you to Christ, tell us how they did this. What stands out in your mind about your parents? 

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