WHAT IS THE GREAT COMMISSION?

Jesus called the eleven disciples to meet Him in Galilee at the Mount of Olives (Matt. 28:16). It was Jesus’ farewell and final commissioning to His disciples before ascending to heaven (Lk. 24:51; Ac. 1:9). He said to them,

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matt. 28:18-20).

This is known as the Great Commission.

The message of the Great Commission is one of “repentance and forgiveness of sins” (Lk. 24:47), and is given in the authority of Jesus Christ (Mat. 28:18) and in the power of the Holy Spirit (Ac. 1:8). But the Great Commission is more than an evangelistic call to action. Jesus gives an imperative to “make disciples” (Matt. 28:19). This imperative to “make disciples” is a command to “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” (Mk. 16:15), and to “baptize” and “teach” disciples to follow and obey Jesus Christ.

Thus, to fulfill the Great Commission, Christians must invest time and resources in making disciples of Christ (Heb. 5:12-14)—not just win souls.

Your responsibility is to make disciples whenever and wherever you go. So the challenge before you is are you doing this?

Bible References: Matt. 28:19-20; Mk. 16:15; Lk. 24:46-47; Ac. 1:8

Books:

  • The Complete Evangelism Guidebook: Expert Advice On Reaching Others For Christ (Editor: Scott Dawson)
  • Finding Common Ground: How to Communicate With Those Outside the Christian Community…While We Still Can (Tim Downs)
  • The Great Commission: Evangelicals and the History of World Missions (Editors: Martin Klauber and Scott M. Manetsch)