The Great Commission
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
What does this mean?
I know, that is why we pass out gospel tracts... right?
What did the Lord say?... what is this thing make disciples of all the nations?
I submit that it means a LOT more then the "Churchanity" definition would suggest. Let's start by looking at the passage. There are three things that leap out;
First, "ALL AUTHORITY"... when we 'make disciples' we do so never in our own authority.. but in Christ's. The word 'therefore' shows cause and effect. I have it, therefore you do this.
Second, we are to 'make disciples' This is NOT limited to those who we see as the lost... see a brother content to just go to church on Sunday.. Make disciples... see a sister struggling with guilt and shame? Make disciples...
Whoever we encounter, we are to point to Christ. Always. (How we do that is up to the LEADING of the Spirit)... and I won't insult you to say that we do this in ways consistent with the Word.
Third, we see baptism. The 'outward sign of an inward change' is part of this commission... we can not just give 'em a tract.. not that WE do the work.. but our DESIRE is to be for more.
Next, we are to (here is where folks throw rocks)... "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you". People have a BIG problem with this idea. If you are a follower of Christ, you are to be doing this...
... I believe it makes people uncomfortable... we do our best to back peddle from this.
We ought not to...
What do you see in this? Are we (You, me, I, US,) doing this as we should?