In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus responded to the doubters who were not sure if they should worship Him or not (in verse 17):
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
With His authority, He sent out His disciples to make disciples. The command was not to “sit therefore and listen to sermons” as some do in the American church culture. No, instead, the command was to go therefore and make disciples.
Why the “therefore”? Because all authority had been given to Him and He was not commissioning His disciples! Think about the power of that statement and how it would have charged up His disciples! Awesome!
What is the next part of that commission in verse 20? “Teaching them to observe” or OBEY the commands of Jesus. These are not good ideas or simply challenges that Jesus gave them but COMMANDS which they were to obey and teach others to obey! That’s a part of disciple-making.
A subset of the personal ministry of disciple-making is called BIBLICAL COUNSELING. It’s a ministry of the Word that relies upon the Holy Spirit to teach people to obey the commands of Christ so that their relationships with God and others will thrive (Matt. 22:37-40) and that they will become like Christ (Rom. 8:28-29 and I Cor. 3:18). Obeying Christ is the best way to live and as disciples of Christ we are to make disciples of all nations – everyone!
So let’s be missional and GO (rather than SIT) and MAKE DISCIPLES rather than LISTEN to SERMONS. Sermons are a slice of the pie of disciple-making but not the whole pie!
Who have you discipled today?
-Mark (love Matthew 28:18-20 and the emphasis today in many churches on making disciples!)