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The Great Commission – Part I
6/20/2016

Making Disciples

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…”Amen. Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV)

As believers in Jesus Christ, every one of us has been given The Great Commission of Jesus Christ, as outlined in Matthew 28:18-20. In this four part devotional series, we will break down these three verses and look at three commandments from our Lord with respect to The Great Commission. Let’s take a look at the first commandment we are given within The Great Commission as His disciples. Jesus commanded us to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…”

This is not implying that we personally go into all the nations. In fact in Mark chapter 16, this commission is translated to say, “As you go.” So in every place we go—whether school, our work places, the ballpark, or even the grocery store—we are to be looking for opportunities to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, with hopes of making disciples of those we encounter. As we do this, individually, then every nation is reached, and thus, we, as a body of believers will have achieved this Great Commission.

The first thing we need to know is that a disciple is simply a person who hears, understands, and obeys Jesus’ teachings—they follow His ways instead of the world’s ways. So if we are to make disciples, then we must be committed to spending time in God’s word each day—taking what we learn and applying it to our lives (become disciples), and then choose to share it (make disciples) with others. 

As we are led to share the basics of our Christian faith with others, they may choose to receive Christ, and confess Him as their personal Lord and Savior—once they have done this, they too, will become born again. But much like giving birth to a baby, we can’t simply walk away without caring for them. We need to start the process of discipleship.

As we disciple a person, we are going to bring that person to the point where they will accept Jesus Christ as his or her teacher; we are assisting them.

We must understand, we cannot make a disciple out of anyone if it is not his or her desire. Our responsibility is simply to share the good news of Jesus Christ, and the message of salvation by the power of the Holy Spirit. If a person does not want to know Jesus as Lord and Savior, then we cannot disciple them in the teachings of the Bible (1 Cor. 2:14), as this will result in reformation, which is merely an attempt to change our outward behavior and apply rules and regulations for living. 

Regeneration on the other hand is when we are transformed by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and we become a new person. We are now changed from the inside, and we are empowered to make these changes. 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

Once a person has been born again and they have chosen to follow Jesus, it’s imperative for them to look to God’s word to guide them in their decision making process. When we are making disciples out of them, we are simply helping them in this process.

STUDY QUESTION:  According to Matthew 28:18-20, what did Jesus command His disciples to do?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you participating in the Great Commission?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Be willing to be used by God today. Share the love of Christ with others and then let God do the rest.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY:  Father, thank You for allowing me to be a disciple of Yours. Help me today to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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