Great Commission

“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” (Matthew 28:18-20). These are the final words of Jesus recorded in the book of Matthew. The instructions were given to His followers and are usually referred to as the Great Commission. There is really only one command: make disciples of all nations. The rest of the information is commentary on that single command, explaining what disciple-making involves from Jesus’ perspective. To make disciples we must “go,” “baptize,” and “teach.” Therefore, what Jesus describes is the whole process of discipleship, not exclusively what some people think of when they hear the word “missions.” It’s more (but never less) than sharing the Gospel with people and inviting them to respond to Jesus in repentance and faith so that they can be saved. It also includes baptizing all who have trusted in Christ alone to save them and it involves a lifetime of learning from and living out all that Jesus has taught His followers. Jesus has called us play a role in making, maturing, and multipying disciples who in turn make, mature, and multiply disciples who make, mature and multiply disciples.