Summary: Now we finally start getting into the actual instructions that Jesus gives in his Great Commission.
Let’s get to our passage. Turn over to Matthew 28. This passage might be pretty familiar to you, but that’s ok. When you get to Matthew 28, we’ll read verses 19-20. Pay attention to this passage…as it lays the foundation for what we’re studying today. Let’s read our passage for today…again, it’s Matthew 28:19-20.
It says: 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
So we’ve been talking about disciple making for several weeks now. It started with making sure we’re disciples ourselves…because if we’re not then we’re going to struggle with Jesus’ command to make disciples. Then we looked at how they made disciples in the bible based on how we do it now…and what our motivation is for making disciples. And the last two weeks have focused on how we make disciples within the church and as the church. Today…we’re talking about who we should be making into disciples.
Jesus says right there in those verses who. He tells his disciples… he tells us…to go and make disciples…of all nations. Last week we finished up the message with the example of Abraham…who God had told he would bless so that Abraham could be a blessing to others…so that God could bless others through Abraham.
Actually…listen to God’s exact words from Genesis 12:2-3: “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; (now listen to these next few words…) and all peoples on earth…will be blessed through you.”
*Does “all peoples on earth” leave anyone out? No, it doesn’t. Just like when Jesus says “Go and make disciples of all nations” that doesn’t exclude anyone either. Like Abraham was going to be a blessing to all nations…we, Christians, the church…need to go and be a blessing…go and make disciples…of all nations.
**So what’s that going to look like? And what will be the results? That’s some of what we’re going to look at this morning. We’re going to start by getting more into what making disciples “of all nations” looks like. For us today, it means reaching the unreached.
Last week we talked about how we, as the church, make disciples in our local community because that’s part of our calling as a local congregation. But the call to make disciples is much farther reaching than just the people we normally encounter…or might encounter…from our day to day lives.
I mean…Jesus says it, right? Make disciples of…all…nations. We as the church…and we as individual Christians…are to be a blessing to all peoples of the earth. In Luke’s account of Jesus’ ascension into heaven, in Acts 1:8, he tells his disciples to be his witnesses in Jerusalem, all of Judea and Samaria, and…to the ends of the earth.