With apologies that this Sunday Leftovers is one day late, I hope you can join me in rejoicing over the amazing testimonies of our missionaries from our Great Commission Sunday.

In each case we heard from dedicated women and men who are called to their particular fields who are giving 100% of their hearts, minds and time into advancing the Gospel by making disciples of the nations.

In each case we heard about the multiplication of God’s work on campuses, in prisons and in a standing room only church in France. Praise God! Would that God would produce such fruit at RVC!

He can, but only if we take to heart the one message we heard that pierces the heart, cuts to the marrow and should make us fall on our knees trembling….the Great Commission is “my” responsibility.

Once each of us take the Great Commission as our own personal responsibility, we may see God move in dramatic ways at RVC and in the Stateline area. You can participate in one of the upcoming Missions opportunities or simply tell those in your sphere of influence about Jesus which is all Jesus calls us to do.

Pentecost, which in Christian circles marks the coming of the Holy Spirit 50 days after the Passover when Jesus was killed, also served, and still serves, as the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. This year Shavuot began May 19 and ended May 21.

Shavuot (Pentecost) is also called the Feast of Weeks and is discussed in greater detail in Leviticus 23:15-22 and was originally celebrated as a way to thank God for the early Spring harvest, or first harvest of the year.

Naturally, with the coming of the Holy Spirit on that first Pentecost after Jesus was resurrected to begin the work of the church, the idea of first harvest refers to the first fruits of those who would come to salvation. And the church has been called to participate in the harvest ever since.

We celebrate Great Commission Sunday in order to annually remind ourselves that we are called, and responsible for, wading into the bountiful harvest that exists around us and submit ourselves to being mere workers for God.

Jesus said in Matthew 9:37-38: “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Will you join me in sharpening our sickles as we each, and as a church, take responsibility for doing our part to fulfill the Great Commission?

With thanks to God for Jesus, the first fruit of our salvation,
Pastor Tim

SERMON: The Old Commission for a New People


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