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Monday Meditations: Passionate about Discipling

on September 9, 2013

ImageMatthew 28:18-20 is usually referred to as the Great Commission. It’s one of those passages (I am sad to admit) that I often feel slightly disappointed when the speaker (usually a missionary) announces his passage. I often feel like it’s the same old-same old, “Go and be willing to be a missionary. . .”

But, really, this passage should excite us. I mean, they are some of the last recorded words of Jesus on this earth. Pretty sure he intended these words to be significant for us as individual believers and for the mission of the church as a whole:

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Dave explained how the main command is actually “make disciples.” The other phrases begin with verbs that are subordinate to the main command, but connected in such a way that lets them function as commands as well:

  • Going ~ Either across the street or across the world. In my opinion, we moms (and dads) can also go “across the room” as we seek to teach our children the Gospel and disciple them (Not to exclude any opportunities we have to make disciples outside of our family, of course. But I truly believe that our primary and first responsibility is to the cute little “pagans” 🙂 God has entrusted to our care!)
  • Baptizing ~ We make disciples by baptizing individuals. But we baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This assumes the convert knows the basics of the work of the Father, Son, and Spirit in his or her salvation. One’s faith must be informed about the basics of the Gospel before he/she is baptized .
  • Teaching ~ What are disciples taught? We are not just to be taught and to teach “all that I have commanded you,” (which is a lot!) but we are to be taught and to teach to observe all that Jesus has commanded. We must make disciples both by teaching what Jesus has said and by teaching how to obey what Jesus has said. Discipleship is a life-long task by both the disciple and the discipler! And those who are disciplers should ever also be disciples!
  • Resting ~ He to whom all authority in heaven and on earth has been given promises to be with us. Always. To the end of the age. What a promise! We must make disciples by going, by baptizing, by teaching, by resting in the powerful God who promises to be with us as we accomplish His mission for us as individuals and the church!

Somebody was passionate about making disciples out of you and me. Are we passionate about making disciples? How are we fulfilling God’s mission for us today?

{On Mondays, I share some thoughts from my pastor’s (husband’s 🙂 ) sermon on Sunday. This will be good for me, as it will help cement God’s truths in my head and heart. I hope these truths will encourage and challenge you! If you’re interested in hearing a particular sermon, you can head here to listen.}

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