“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I commanded you; and remember I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
What and Why
God is working in people’s lives. He gives us the privilege of joining him in that work as others are changed for all eternity. Their decision to trust in Christ is not the end but the beginning of a process in which they become a disciple of Jesus and grow toward maturity.
What is a disciple?
A disciple is a follower of Jesus who seeks to know him and obey his commands.
When Jesus gave “the Great Commission” (Matthew 28:16-20) to his disciples he had more in mind than evangelism. He envisioned that his followers would help others grow to be mature believers. As a result, there would be generations of Christians who walk with Jesus and embrace the task of sharing the gospel and discipling others. The growth of the church depended on this!
Think of it. You are the result of this discipleship process that started in the first century. You have the opportunity to join in the work of the Great Commission by making disciples in your generation who will make disciples of future generations.
Take a moment to thank God for the people he placed in your life who shared the gospel with you and who are having a positive impact in your discipleship journey.
Learning from the Word
Let’s take a closer look at this Great Commission. This command persuades us that it is essential to understand discipleship.
Read Matthew 28:16-20
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What are some things you observe about the heart of the disciples and their actions in these verses? (Verses 16-17)
How does knowing the central idea of this command affect your understanding of the Great Commission?
Connecting to the Truth
Connecting personally to the truths of this lesson will be life changing. God wants you to be a disciple maker, and he has given everything needed for you to accomplish this task. If we follow the voice of our Good Shepherd, we will experience God raising up disciples through us. He is asking us to walk by faith and participate in his plan to reach the world. The following video lays out what God intends to do.
The disciples didn’t have many things when they started to make disciples. But they did have:
1. A life changing experience with Jesus
2. A willingness to obey
3. The power of the Holy Spirit
How about you? Describe your connection with these three things.
A moment of self-evaluation
Hopefully, as a result of this study, God increased your understanding of discipleship and the Great Commission. The following assessment is designed to help you evaluate your current connection to discipleship and disciple making. Read the statements and rank yourself as honestly as you can.
1 = This is always true of me
2 = This is usually true of me
3 = Sometimes this is true / sometimes it’s not
4 = This is rarely true of me
5 = This is never true of me
Because of my life-changing experience with Jesus, I am motivated to make disciples
I am willing to obey God’s call to become a disciple maker
I intentionally seek to live in the power of the Holy Spirit
I want to learn with others how to become a disciple maker
I have faith that God can use me to disciple another person
I regularly pray, asking God to use me in the fulfillment of His Great Commission
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