Summary: Christ has called us to make disciples of all nations.
Our Purpose: Discipleship
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. Several weeks ago, we began looking at our purpose as a church. We said our purpose is to:
4. Today we are going to talk about discipleship.
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 "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations..."
a. Teach: 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 "teaching" or "making disciples."
3. What does our Lord mean by "make disciples"? Does it not mean that we are to do what He did: make disciples and do things with them as He did.
a. When Christ found a person who was willing to commit his life, Christ attached Himself to that person.
b. Christ began to mold and make that person into His image.
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.
5. Col. 1:28-29 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. 29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.
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.
2. Making disciples is more than making converts.
a. It’s more than telling them about Jesus.
b. It’s more than inviting them to church.
c. It’s more than quoting the Bible to them
d. It’s more than praying the sinners prayer with them.
3. Leading someone to Christ is only the first step.
a. It’s an important and vital step, but it’s not the end of the journey.