The Great Commission
“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 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.”
We can understand the Great Commission by studying its four key verbs, which are
1 – Go 2 – Make Disciples 3 – Baptize 4 – Teach.
“Go” means that we are to do evangelism in our families, neighborhoods, and work place, not necessarily in a foreign country.
The word “Baptize” tells us what we are to do after we have brought them to Jesus. Baptism is a public declaration of a person’s newly found faith in Jesus Christ and decision to follow Him with their lives.
“Teach” is the third step in making disciples. A disciple is a student. He is one who has dedicated his life to follow the teachings of his master. Jesus said we are to teach His disciples to “observe” (or obey) everything He has commanded us.
“Make Disciples” We are to give that person an opportunity to know Christ to be forgiven and cleansed from his sins and to bring them to a church where they can learn about their Lord.