“…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…” (Matthew 28:18&19)
Does anyone recall the time in the Lord Jesus’ ministry when He made this important announcement to His disciples? This yet-to-be fulfilled global mandate was given during the Lord’s final parting hours just before He ascended back into glory to be with His Father!
Nowhere in Scripture prior to the resurrection do we find Him saying to “go and make disciples of all the nations.” Why do you think He waited until the very end of His earthly ministry to give us this strategic command? Like a great coach or general, He saved His last instruction until He believed His disciples were ready to receive it. This was their largest and most challenging assignment. Clearly, the Lord made the Great Commission His last dynamic order so that across the centuries we would never forget our mission.
Why do you think He said, “Go…make disciples” instead of saying “Go…make Converts?”
By giving us the Great Commission, He raised the Christian standard from simply evangelizing the lost, to making disciplined learners. This is because He wants us to reproduce spiritually and multiply!
Disciple-making was unquestionably to be the church’s core ministry. However, its essential life-to-life methodology, which was so normal to the Lord’s first-century disciples was slowly lost and over time, almost completely forgotten. Today, however, this highly effective approach to ministry is being rediscovered and implemented in leading churches worldwide.