Summary: Christ has called us to make disciples of all nations.
New Life On Purpose: Walk
Text: Matthew 28:18-20
1. Read Matthew 28:18-20
2. Illustration: At the close of life, the question will not be,
"How much have you gotten?" but "How much have you given?"
Not "How much have you won?" but "How much have you done?"
Not "How much have you saved?" but "How much have you sacrificed?"
It will be "How much have you loved and served," not "How much were you honored?"
3. Today we are going to talk about walk or discipleship. The Great Commission tells us three things about discipleship:
a. We are to make disciples; not converts.
b. We are to teach them commitment.
c. We are to teach them obedience.
Proposition: Christ has called us to make disciples of all nations.
Transition: Jesus told us to...
I. Make Disciples, Not Converts (18-19a)
A. Make Disciples
1. Jesus said "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations..."
a. Make Disciples: to cause someone to become a disciple or follower of —Louw & Nida: NT Greek-English Lexicon
b. What we are to teach the nations is to be a follower of Christ.
2. As I pointed out when we talked about witness, the imperative or command in this verse is not the going but the "making disciples."
a. Jesus' instructions include an imperative (a command) surrounded by three participial clauses: one should make disciples for Jesus by going, baptizing and teaching (Keener, IVPNT: Matthew, 400).
b. Making disciples involves more than getting people to an altar; it involves training them as thoroughly as Jewish teachers instructed their own students.
3. What does our Lord mean by "make disciples"?
a. Does it not mean that we are to do what He did: make disciples and do things with them as He did.
b. When Christ found a person who was willing to commit his life, Christ attached Himself to that person.
c. Christ began to mold, and make that person into His image.
d. He began to show them the way that they were supposed to live.
4. "Making disciples" means instructing new believers on how to follow Jesus, to submit to Jesus' lordship, and to take up his mission of compassionate service.
a. We need to teach them to be faithful in their devotional life.
b. We need to teach them to be faithful in church attendance.
c. We need to teach them to be faithful in their giving.
d. We need to teach them to be faithful in their serving.
e. We need to teach them spiritual discipline.
5. Colossians 1:28 (NLT)
28 So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ.
a. The word "perfect" that Paul uses here means "whole, complete, mature."
b. The warning and teaching always had one goal in mind: we want to present the believers to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ.
c. Believers are not to remain like babies in the faith, easily led away by something new.
d. Instead, they are to grow up into spiritual maturity so that they cannot be enticed by false teachings.
B. More Than Converts
1. Illustration: Daniel Webster offered excellent advice, saying, "If we work on marble it will perish. If we work on brass, time will efface it. If we rear temples, they will crumble to dust. But if we work on men's immortal minds, if we imbue them with high principles, with just fear of God and love of their fellow-men, we engrave on those tablets something which time cannot efface, and which will brighten and brighten to all eternity.