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, 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 is the Great Commission? In Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus commissions us to “go and make disciples of all nations” and to teach them to observe according to all that Christ has commanded.
Now that scripture doesn’t mean that we should all therefore become missionaries or pastors but it means that all Christians are commissioned or called to evangelize or share the gospel of Christ to anyone.
We can all share the gospel to a friend, a colleague at work or even a total stranger. We can all make disciples and disciple people towards Jesus Christ and NOT towards men.
What is a Disciple?
The word disciple comes from the word “discipline”. A disciple is a person who is a disciplined follower of Jesus Christ. A disciple not only grows in Christ but a disciple will also make other disciples.
Therefore the great commission goes beyond just sharing the gospel but it also involves TEACHING or making disciples. People need to be taught formally or informally how live according to the word of God. For example: A friend can disciple a friend; a person can disciple his relative; and of course a pastor can disciple a member of a church.
Jesus tells us that we are not to discriminate – but we are to disciple “all the nations”.
God wants us to share the gospel about the life, death and resurrection of Christ and the price He paid for our sins on the cross. And so, God wants us to disciple people to Jesus Christ and to follow after Christ only.
We are not to disciple people to follow after men / pastors but out mandate as Christians is to point people to Christ and to His word.
The great commission is about bringing the lost to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ and then equipping them to be able to also share the gospel and to disciple others to our Lord Jesus Christ.
DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???
1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.
2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.
3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.
4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God
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We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.
PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.
“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”
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