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Next Level: Great Commission

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.  This message is based on Matthew 28:16-20 and features an interview with Eddie Szydlowski, a young man with a great passion for sharing his faith.


The Mountain Commission

Here in Matthew 28, Jesus gives His disciples some final instructions on a mountain in Galilee.  These final instructions still ring down through history and we know them as The Great Commission.  There is a very important element to this commission that Jesus gives His disciples: authority.  Jesus told them in verse 18, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me” (Matthew 18:18b, NIV).  That means that this commission is more than just a suggestion.  It is a command.  If Jesus said to do it, then we must obey Him.  Why?  Because He has been given “all authority” (emphasis added).  
So what are we to do since Jesus has “all authority?”  We are to make others what we already are.  We are disciples – followers – of Jesus Christ.  We follow and obey Him as our Savior and Master.  Jesus tells us to make others what we are – disciples.  How do we do this?  By baptizing them and teaching them to obey.  We are to obey Christ by baptizing all nations and then we teach them to obey Him as fully-devoted followers.  This is a global mandate, but not in the way we typically think of it. 
We sometimes have the mistaken notion that since Jesus said, “all nations” (Matthew 28:19, NIV) that this is the job of some missionaries “over there.”  The Greek construction of this verse is better translated, “While you are going, make disciples of all nations…”  In other words, we are to be making disciples/followers of everyone we meet.  This is a commission of action for every follower of Jesus.  It is not passive and it is not meant for someone else.  This is your commission!  This is my commission!  Every relationship we have has a greater purpose.  To either introduce someone to Jesus (make disciples) or to help them know Jesus better (teach them to obey everything).  It is the job of every follower of Christ.  
So who do you know that needs to be introduced to Jesus?  Who do you know that needs to know Jesus better?  Maybe it is your spouse or your children.  Maybe it is a co-worker or a neighbor.  Maybe it is your parents or your siblings.  If you know someone who doesn’t know Jesus, it is not up to someone else to make the introduction.  In love and grace, we are to make the introduction.  If you know someone who already knows Jesus, what can you do to help them know Him better?  Host a Bible study at your house.  Make sure that they are a part of a local church family.  Pray for them and their walk with Christ.
You have been commissioned by Christ to make an eternal impact in the lives of the people you know.  Take it seriously and start praying for those people in your life who need to know Jesus and who need to know Him better.  And He will be with us forever and ever and ever.  Don’t let anyone miss out on that.

Matthew 28:16-20

New International Version (NIV)

The Great Commission

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

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