Firm Foundations Two (21 of 55) What Is The Great Commission?

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What Is The Great Commission?

The Great Commission is the task of the church to be continuously making disciples of all nations until Jesus’ returns. This is to be carried out by going to the nations of the world preaching the gospel, baptizing new converts in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and teaching the Word of God to edify the believers.
Matthew 28:18–20

The Power And Authority Of The Commission

  • After Jesus died and rose from the dead, He appeared to the disciples and told them that all power was given to Him. Jesus was claiming absolute, sovereign authority which would be the basis for the command that He would give them. Therefore, it is in the name of Jesus alone that we fulfill the great commission.
    John 20:21
  • As they fulfilled this command, Jesus told His disciples that He would be with them always. We not only obey this command in the name of Jesus but He also goes with us. We do not go on our own, but we know that He is with us.
  • This command should be carried out until the end of the world. Until Jesus returns to judge the world and set up His Kingdom, we are to obey this command. The One who has all authority in heaven and earth has commanded us to do so, and He also has promised to be with us through the entire process until the end of the world.
  • Jesus told the disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit to come upon them so they would have power to be witnesses of Him unto all the world. The Holy Spirit would be their power for ministry, and He is still our power for ministry today.
    Luke 24:46–48; Acts 1:8

The Mission Of The Commission

  • The mission of the Great Commission is to make disciples of Jesus from all nations. A disciple of Jesus is one who believes in Jesus as Lord and Savior. He willingly follows Jesus and desires to obey all that Jesus taught, to the glory of God. This is fulfilled through going, baptizing, and teaching.

– Going: Believers should go into all the world preaching the gospel. Those who believe the message of the gospel will be saved, and those who do not believe will be damned. Every believer should be involved in going into their local area preaching the gospel and sending believers to other parts of the world to preach the gospel.
Mark 16:16

– Baptizing: Once a person hears the gospel and believes, he should be baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This testifies that the person is willing to be identified as a disciple of Christ and is a step of obedience in following Christ.

– Teaching: As repentance and the remission of sins are being preached in Jesus’ name, we should also be teaching all that Jesus taught, including the whole of Scripture.

  • As we see this commandment fulfilled in the New Testament, (as they went preaching the gospel, baptizing new converts, and teaching them in the faith), it resulted in local churches being established. It was to this end that the commission was to be fulfilled: to establish local churches who would have the responsibility to continuously carry out the command to make disciples by going, baptizing and teaching.
    Acts 14:21–23; Acts 15:41; 1 Thessalonians 1:8; 3:2

The Reach Of The Commission

  • The commission tells us to go into the entire world. The Bible says to go: to “all nations,” to “all the world,” “among all nations,” and “in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” We can conclude that God wants us to make disciples of all people of every nation, country, and people group.
  • We need to overcome any racial attitudes that we have towards other countries or people. Over 7 billion people are alive today and we need to see their need to hear the gospel message of Jesus Christ.
  • We are to reach the world because they are condemned already and without excuse. The only hope for any person to be reconciled to God is through believing in Jesus and confessing His name.
    John 3:18; Romans 1:20
  • We are to be witnesses of Jesus to the entire world at the same time. You obviously will start where you are and preach the gospel in your local town, but it should be the desire of each church to be reaching out to other parts of the world at the same time through sending missionaries to preach, baptize, and teach.

The Responsibility Of The Commission

  • Senders and Goers: The Bible is clear that anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved. How will they call on Him if they have not believed? How will they believe if they have never heard of Jesus? How can they hear if there is no preacher, and how can they preach unless they are sent? We have the responsibility to go preach the Gospel and send around the world those willing to witness of Jesus.
    Romans 10:13–15
  • The Ministry of Reconciliation: God has done all the work necessary through Jesus to reconcile man to Himself. It is this message of reconciliation that He has committed to us who have been reconciled to God by Jesus Christ. We are now ambassadors for Christ.
    2 Corinthians 5:14–21
  • Our Shame: Some people still do not have the knowledge of God and this is our shame. God is not willing that any should perish but that all come to repentance. Will we obey the great commission and make disciples of all nations?
    1 Corinthians 15:34; 2 Peter 3:9

Review Questions

  • Where does the authority of this commission come from?
  • Who gives us the power to be a witness of Jesus?
  • What is the reach of the Great Commission?
  • What is the mission of the Great Commission?
  • How do we fulfill this mission?

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