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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.” – Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)

Many Christians have heard this passage referred to as the Great Commission.  It is filled with the work that Christians must do within this world to go out and make disciples.  It is oftentimes utilize to inspire us to get up and go out to spread the Word.  Yet, let us be careful to take heed of the actions that this passage requires of us.

  • Go. . . We need to see that the Lord calls us to “go” based on His authority that He speaks of in verse 18.  It is logical that we go based on His authority and lordship, but also based on His power, not our own.
  • Make. . . All of our going has an end result in mind.  All of our spreading and sharing should lead to a final objective.  Our objective is to “make disciples of all nations.”  In other words, we need to make disciples everywhere we go.
  • Baptizing. . . Baptism is a symbolic union of the believer with the Savior.  Our baptisms serve as an indication of the increase in unions that occur as we go out and do the work.  Baptizing is a sign of salvation having taken place.
  • Teaching. . . Introducing someone to Christ is only the starting point.  Once someone has accepted Christ as Savior, then he or she must be taught in the way of Christ to live for Christ and to live like Christ.

Remember, we are making disciples of the Lord.  We are not making converts to church but to Christ.  We are not making disciples of our denomination.  We are making disciples and that requires us to take action.

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14After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!”- Mark 1:14-15 (NIV)

Jesus started His earthly ministry after He had endured the temptation of Satan in the wilderness and after John the baptist had been imprisoned.   No, Jesus didn’t recruit folks and round up the angelic forces to rescue His older cousin John. No, Jesus did not use all of His Almighty power to thwart Satan’s schemes in the desert, just the Word of God(Luke 4:4, 8, 12).  What did Jesus do? Jesus started out with a ministry based on change and belief.  Change? Belief? Yes! John offered baptism of repentance, but Jesus called for repentance, seeking men and women to change both their hearts and lives. Jesus called for more than simply baptism as a sign of change.  He called for an outward change as a result of an inward change.  Also, He called for people to believe the Good News.  He wanted people to accept what had previously been an expectation.  Look at what Jesus did.  He started a message-based ministry in Galilee that called people to act and caused a stir like never before in history.

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