Week of August 25 - Day 2

Day 2 Read: Matthew 28:19-20

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” 

Reflect: Let’s take a minute to reflect upon the magnitude of this passage. After each of the following, discuss 1) what each command means, 2) how the church can follow, and 3) what role you personally have in obeying: go; make disciples; baptize them; teach them; remember His presence.

Consider: Make disciples of is also used with a causative force in Acts 14:21; the only other occurrences of this verb in the New Testament are in Matthew 13:52 (“has been trained”) and 27:57 (“was a disciple”). The notion of discipleship is integral to the Gospel of Matthew, where the noun “disciple” is used seventy-two times.[1]

Respond: In which of these five areas are you most involved? In which area would you like to get more involved? Why is it important for every believer to get involved in the Great Commission? What happens when you don’t own your part of the effort?

[1] Barclay Moon Newman and Philip C. Stine, A Handbook on the Gospel of Matthew, UBS Handbook Series (New York: United Bible Societies, 1992), 886.