On our last show I challenged everyone on the show to find all the commands that Jesus gave while he was alive on the planet. He stated to his students upon his departure to go and make students of nations teaching them (nations) to do everything that he commanded his students. So my quest to find everything that Jesus commanded his students has taken me on this journey that I will share with you on this blog post. So as I am reading through the 3 year ministry of Jesus I started in Matthew, now you might pick up on every little thing that Jesus said to people like "Come follow me" when selecting his students, however I am going to find much more specific commands that I think he was referring to when he gave his departing instructions. So the first command I found is in Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine in front of people. Then they will see the good that you do and praise your father in Heaven. As I am reading I quickly realize that Jesus had a lot of commands so instead of walking you through each find I will make a list.
- Let people see the good works that you do
- Do not do good works to be praised of people
- Live a life that has God's approval
- Don't insult other believers
- Before offering a gift make peace with another believer that has something against you.
- Do not look at women with lust.
- Do not divorce for any reason other than unfaithfulness.
- Do not swear oath's at all.
- Love your enemies.
- Give your contributions privately.
- Pray privately.
- Fast privately.
- Store up treasures in Heaven.
- Do not serve God and wealth.
- Do not worry about what you will eat, drink or wear.
- Do not worry about tomorrow.
- Learn about God's Kingdom.
- Do not judge other people.
- Always treat other people the way you want to be treated.
The list could go on and on as I have read through the first 4 books of the new testament seeing that there are so many commands that he gave his students. This is a great list to start with to teach the nations.
Next episode we will be going over this list as well as a stroll down history lane to discuss the Church movements of the past.