Jesus commands EVERY Christian to make disciples.
The Great Commission: “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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
Here are four simple truths to draw out:
1. This command is for all people!
The command is directly to the disciples. However, Jesus also says, 'teach them to observe all that I commanded YOU'.
He says, I TEACH YOU -> YOU TEACH THEM. So, if Jesus told them to make disciples, he is also telling you and me to make disciples.
2. Teach them to obey!
A disciple is someone who is actively following the teacher, doing what he does. If someone is not actively following Jesus, he or she is not a disciple of Jesus. It is our responsibility to teach people how and why to follow Jesus, fully and actively.
3. Disciple all nations!
Jesus wants us to have a vision for the world. Our plan for discipleship must involve reaching the nations of the world. "And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations and then the end will come." (Matthew 24:14) In heaven, all nations will be represented. "After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne," (Revelation 7:9)
4. This is multiplication, not division!
Our task is to make disciples, who then make disciples. In other words, we should be disciple-makers who make more disciple-makers. Multiplication occurs when each disciple can, and does reproduce. Addition occurs when someone comes to faith in Christ and does not reproduce. Our task is multiplication. If one Christian made one disciple every year, teaching others to do the same, the world would be reached in 35 years.