Discipleship | Lesson 6 | Devotion 4
John 14:26 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
The church has been left with a command and a mission. This has become known as the Great Commission. You will hear a lot about this throughout this course because it the avenue by which the church continues. If we fail at the Great Commission, the church cannot and will not continue. So what is the Great Commission and how can you get involved in this local church?
The Great Commission is going. Jesus Christ commands us to “go.” For some this may be to “go” to a foreign country. For others, it may be a command to “go” across the street or to a co-worker. Whatever the case may be for you, we are all called to “go” to someone who needs the Gospel.
The Great Commission is winning. After we go, it is our job to win others! You may not feel completely comfortable sharing the Gospel with someone right now. That’s fine! You can still love and reach out to them anytime you can! You can pray for them and invite them to special events at our church. Not everyone you go to will get saved immediately. It may take time. The job of every Christian is to be a constant and consistent testimony of the power of the Gospel.
The Great Commission is baptizing. Just as you have you have been saved and baptized, you can be an encouragement to those who need to be baptized, as well! After leading someone to the Lord, share your testimony about how you have chosen to publicly identify with your Christian faith.
The Great Commission is teaching. You may not have heard this yet, and it may scare you, but there is an underlying purpose to this course. We want you to be able to teach others. It is the job of the church and the Christian to teach others about their faith! You would never think about leaving a newborn baby to raise themselves, therefore, we should never expect a new Christian to raise themselves. We want everyone to not only be apart of going and winning and baptizing, but also teaching others so that they can go on to teach someone else!
Christ left this Commission to his disciples. This mission has been passed on to the church throughout history. In this generation and this culture, it has been passed to us. Would you consider being a part of this local church’s plan to get the Gospel out?