OF ALL THE FIVE N.T. GREAT COMMISSION
VERSES, THERE’S ONLY ONE THAT HAS A
Matt. 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Matt. 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Matt. 28:20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Mark 16:15 ¶ He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.
Luke 24:47 and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
John 20:21 ¶ Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
Acts 1:8 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.”
Only one has a prescribed process whereby disciple making could be possible. Yes you are right, Matthew 28.18-20. Here’s how it goes:
Delegated POWER v.18
We can have confidence as believers because He has delegated to us His authority. He overcame the power of death, remember?
Prescribed PROCESS vv.19-20a
“GO…” (engage) –with the goal of introducing people to Christ.
“BAPTIZING…” (establish) –to build them to maturity.
“TEACHING…” (equip) –get them trained to reproduce themselves.
“I AM WITH YOU…” (empower)–to be sent with the power from on high.
Declared PROMISE v.20a
Look at how gracious Jesus is to us: “surely”, “always”, “to the very end of the age.”
What more can you ask? He even provided for us the process on how to make disciples.
So let’s accept the fact that…
Since We Follow God, We Make Disciples.