Summary: Today, we want to look further as how we can make disciples that are true disciples.
Let’s review what we have studied so far on our series “Jesus Christ, Disciple-Maker.”
The first sermon in this series was “How Jesus Made Disciples.” This sermon focused on Christ’s command and how it was preceded by 3 ½ years of training by example. Jesus taught the disciples what it meant to make disciples.
The second sermon was “What is a Disciple?” We learned that in its broadest application, a disciple is a Christian. Every Christian is called to grow into deeper maturity. We asked two key questions in this sermon, the first was
Am I a disciple?” We examined 4 crucial tests:
1) The GOSPEL test. (Do you know the facts of the gospel and is your faith in Jesus alone?)
2) The FOLLOWING test (are you a follower?)
3) the LEARNING test (are you growing?)
4) the AUTHENTIC text (Do you meet the specific claims that Jesus said are required of all his disciples?)
Then, we examined a second crucial question, “Am I making disciples that are true disciples?”
Today, we want to look further as how we can make disciples that are true disciples.
FIRST - Make Sure You Understand the Instructions! Matthew 28:19-20
To get where you want, we have to know where you are going!
Yogi Berra brilliantly said“You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.” https://www.illustrationexchange.com
Let’s take a closer look at the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20
The main verb is from the root of the word “disciples” Mathetes (Greek)
The noun form mathetes is used 269 x in the NT
However, the verb form is used only 4x in the NT The following chart details this usage.
USES OF ìáèçôåýóáôå IN THE GREEK NEW TESTAMENT
Matthew 13:52 (ESV)
52 And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.” Matthew 13 contains six parables concerning the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus instructs his followers that entrance to his eternal kingdom is received only when a person becomes a disciple.
Matthew 27:57 (ESV)
57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. Joseph is identified as a follower of Jesus.
Matthew 28:19 (ESV)
19 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, This is the only imperative use of ìáèçôåýù in the NT. It forms the central command given to the disciples, and by extension – the church.
Acts 14:21 (ESV)
21 When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, The first missionary journey ends with a summary of the trip’s success. This passage affirms that the validity of Mat. 28:19 as a primary objective for the church.
Now that we have a little understanding of the main verb, let’s look at the accompanying verbs in Matthew 28:19-20. These verbal forms are going, baptizing and teaching. These three words clarify what it means to make disciples.