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Breaking Barriers – Message Introduction

Last Sunday in our message series “Basic Training” we talked about Building Disciples of Jesus Christ. Making disciples is an adventure for each and every believer. Jesus commanded all of His followers in the Great Commission to …

Matthew 28:19a (NIV)  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations …

In this phrase we see two instructions. First of all we are to go. You can’t stay where you are at and make disciples. You have to go from your present situation in order to impact the lives of others. Secondly, Jesus calls us to make disciples of all nations. The words that Jesus spoke in the Great Commission were spoken to Jews, who had never been outside of Israel. Yet Jesus was calling them and us today to make disciples of every kind of person who lives in the face of this planet.

Today, my message is entitled “Breaking Barriers.” The Gospel, the good news of the kingdom of God, must break barriers in order to make disciples. If no barriers are broken, the Gospel will not spread. Jesus told the first disciples in …

Acts 1:8 (NIV)  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

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Building Disciples Message Introduction

In our message series “Basic Training”, we are focusing on the aspects of God’s Word that are essential for a believer to know and put into practice. As you learn and follow God’s instructions, you will grow spiritually. You will grow in your effectiveness in carrying out God’s plan and purpose for your life.

Hebrews 5:12-13 (NIV)  In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!  Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.

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Giving Your Resources – Message Introduction

Our message series that we’re in is called Basic Training. God wants to train each of us so that we learn to follow His instruction and commands. The Bible teaches us that when we learn God’s commands and follow them, we are blessed.

Deuteronomy 28:1-2 (NIV)  If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.  All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God:

These principles that applied to Israel thousands of years ago, still apply to us today. If we are careful to follow and obey God’s commands, then His blessings come to us. On the other hand, if we are not careful to obey, if we disobey the Lord’s commands, the opposite results.

Deuteronomy 28:15 (NIV)  However, if you do not obey the LORD your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:

If you want some motivation to learn what God requires and to follow Him, read Deuteronomy 28 this week. These principles still apply today to us as New Testament believers. Of course, we can only follow and obey God’s commands as we seek Him and His strength to do it.

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We’re in a message series called “Basic Training.” This series will help train you to be an effective soldier in the army of the Lord. It’s not enough to simply listen to the message on Sunday mornings. You must take the outline home, pray over it and implement it in order for this training to have any utility.

James 1:22 (NIV)  Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

The blessing of God’s Word comes only as we put it into practice. What is the goal of this basic training? It is to change our city.

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In our message series “Basic Training”, we’re teaching on the basic disciplines that every soldier in the Lord’s army needs to master. Whether we recognize it or not, as believers we are in an increasingly dangerous battle. Persecution and martyrdom of Christians is growing, particularly at the hands of Muslims. Yet, we need to keep the focus on who our real enemy is in our spiritual battle.

Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Our struggle is against the evil spiritual forces of Satan, who has taken people captive to do his will. Our task is to rescue people who are slaves to the kingdom of darkness and bring them into the kingdom of light.

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