Matthew 28:19-20 (New King James Version)
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.
The final “marching orders” that Jesus gave in Matthew 28:19-20 have become known to us as The Great Commission. This command to make disciples contains three steps:
Going means taking the Good News of the Gospel message and proclaiming it to all nations. Baptizing is for those who hear this proclamation and respond in saving faith. The teaching is for those new believers who heard and were baptized, and now need to be taught so they can mature and grow to greater obedience, eventually being fully equipped to “go” and spread the Good News themselves, in turn engaging in the work of making disciples. As believers engage in this work, they are reminded that Christ Himself is with them always, no matter how long it may be before he comes again.
Or, to put it even more succinctly:
“Therefore, the Great Commission, as the Lord Jesus Christ laid it out, basically turns out to be a double-dose of preaching with baptism sandwiched in between.”
A. Boyd Luter, Inspired Preaching In The New Testament
Never knock the value of preaching and teaching, for Christ is always with us!
This seems a good thought to carry around in my head as I continue working on the Wednesday night message and prepare to head off to my secular work this Monday morning…
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