The Great Commission
Simply put, the Church is the collection of Jesus followers. You were not called to follow Jesus by yourself. Watch the video to learn a practical and functioning definition and description of what the Church is suppose to be.
Day 16 | The Great Commission
Welcome to week 4 of our devotional series, Experience Jesus, where we are helping you follow Jesus and teaching you principles to help others do the same. This week, we’re going to complete our disciple-making circle. First, to follow Jesus means to LOOK to JESUS. This involves learning what it means to be a disciple, understand the Gospel, and be a part of a local church. Second, to follow Jesus means to LIVE like JESUS. Jesus in such a way that He gave us an example to follow. Third, to follow Jesus means to LOVE like JESUS. How we treat one another will be a direct expression of our belief and love for God. This week, we’re going to wrap up our study by sharing how to LEAD like JESUS.
The Great Commission
Leading like Jesus starts with the Great Commission. You may have noticed that this passage has been repeated several times throughout our study, and this has been done on purpose. The mission of God is at the very core of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Today we’re going to examine this mission a little deeper.
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
I want you to notice a few things about the mission of God. First, this passage comes after the resurrection. Without the resurrection of Jesus, nothing is possible. However, when the disciples realized that Jesus had conquered death, the phrase “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” carries a lot more weight to it. Second, notice that even when interacting with a resurrected Jesus, some people doubted. We must know that if people doubted Jesus, not everyone is going to listen to us. That’s okay. And that should not stop us from our mission. Third, Jesus ends with mission statement with encouragement that He is going to be with us every step of the way. He did not give us purpose without promising the power to complete it.
And now that we’ve taken brief look at the surround statements of the Great Commission, I want to study the action words themselves.
Action #1 – Go
In the original translation of this passage word ‘go’ is better translated, “as you go.” This small difference is important because it means disciple-making impacts every area of life. When you are picking up your kids from school, or when you’re at work, you might be encountering an opportunity to make disciples. Jesus shared the Gospel everywhere He went. In John 3, Jesus shared with an educated religious man. In the very next chapter, He is found sharing with a sinful Samaritan woman with whom Jewish people would not normally associate themselves. The disciples themselves were a mixture of people from different backgrounds. They were ordinary people called to an extraordinary mission.
Action #2 – Make Disciples
I want you to notice that making disciples involves two major components. First, we are called to baptize people in the name of the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit. As covered earlier in our study, people are baptized when they receive Jesus into their lives. Discipleship starts with evangelism. We need to regularly look for ways to share our faith and live in a way that shows we are different.
1 Peter 3:15
15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,
Second, we are called to teach people how to obey God in their daily lives. This truth shows us that making disciples is a life-long process. Your spiritual journey with Jesus is not about “checking a box” or “praying a prayer,” but following Jesus with your life and then helping others to do same.
23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.