Jesus came to them and said,
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.
and make disciples of all nations,
in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them
to obey everything I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always,
to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20
Let's break it down:-
1) All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.
Jesus is the absolute Head in every detail.
How do we know what He thinks about any subject?
2) Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
The gospel is for everybody.
We need to make sure that what we teach is the true gospel of Christ.
The gospel's message has to do with convicting of sin and saving souls.
It means proclaiming the love and grace of God by which we were redeemed.
It means a call to repentance and obedience.
It includes the message of the holiness of God and the judgment to come. 2 Timothy 4:1-5
3) Make disciples.
Our goal is to help turn people into followers of Christ.
Discipleship is not for the lukewarm or weak-willed.
It is for those with the fortitude to pay the price,
even when it means bearing a heavy cross.
A disciple is one who follows Jesus.
We seek to look at things the way He does;
at sin, at others, at God and at His Word, and at ourselves.
4) Baptizing them.
The apostles were right when they taught baptism for the remission of sins. Acts 2:38
Jesus made it quite clear about baptism's role in the gospel.
He said that baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is what we do in making believers into disciples.
5) Teaching them to obey.
Always obeying the Lord in everything.
6) I am with you always.
Providing the power to do all of the above.
It is interesting that in the original Greek,
the only specific command in Matthew 28:19-20 is "make disciples."
The Great Commission instructs us to make disciples while we are going throughout the world and while we are going about our daily activities.
How are we to make disciples?
By baptizing them and teaching them all that Jesus commanded.
"Make disciples" is the command of the Great Commission.
"As you are going," "baptizing," and "teaching" are the means by which we fulfill the command to "make disciples."
(Much of the above came from numerous online sources.)
Lord, open our eyes to believe You.
Grip our hearts.
Clear away the clutter.
How bad do we want it?
I was challenged at prayer last night...
"Stop feeling sorry for yourself!"
Should be feeling sorry for disappointing the Lord.
And more concerned about the lost.
Lord, train our eyes to see things we usually overlook.
We need our spiritual eyes open if we are going to perceive
the multitude of subtle forces (e.g. our culture)
that shape our lives.
That keep us from fulfilling the Great Commission.