Week 5: Days 29-35

Emphasis: A Study of the Great Commission – Matthew 28:16-20

Day 29 – Sunday: Proclamation

Title:   The Great Commission

Text:    Matthew 28:16-20

Thought for the Week:

The disciples had been directed to go to Galilee following the death of Jesus, and it was there, on a mountainside, that He found them.  Jesus was about to ascend into heaven, but before His miraculous exit, He would leave them final instructions.

He reminded them that the authority under which He served as God the Son was authority granted Him by God the Father, and in this same authority He commissioned them for ministry.  They were to go and make disciples of all nations, not just the Jews, not just those in and around their homes, but they were to take the gospel message of the person and work of Jesus Himself to the whole world.  As those from the nations heard this message, the Holy Spirit would reveal that Jesus is the Christ and the church would be built.

This Great Commission was guaranteed by the promise from Jesus that He would be with them forever, that they would never be alone in their ministry of making disciples.  To be a disciple is to make other disciples, not just to continue to be taught, or continue to teach already-made disciples. The vital church makes new disciples, living the Great Commission in the authority of Jesus Christ.  

Pray through this Thought for the Week as the Spirit leads you in your heart and in your mind.  Amen.

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