Discipleship Minute #35

Read Matthew 28:16-20

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon. But, after Americans landed on the moon, there were calls to stop further missions. After six subsequent missions, we stopped going to the moon and haven’t been back. Years before, John F. Kennedy gave the nation the goal of going to the moon and safely returning. The goal was reached and some said why go further. Jesus Christ gave His followers a goal in what we call The Great Commission of going to intentionally reach people, baptize those who repent and believe, and teaching those new believers the things that Jesus commanded. It is a worthy goal, one that requires sacrifice, hard work and courage on the part of believers. As we follow Jesus’s command, we realize that it is a continuing process, one in which we all have a part. But, Jesus promised that He would be with us.

Suppose that no one paid attention to The Great Commission. What would happen if no one had shared the gospel with you? What would happen if, after someone shared the gospel and you made a profession of faith followed by baptism, no one chose to disciple you and teach you about the Christian faith and what it meant to be a follower of Jesus? The Great Commission works as a whole process or the church will die.

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