The Great Responsibility
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20
I. The privileges of God’s love come with the responsibility for all nations.
14 I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. 15 So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. Romans 1:14-15
- We have a debt to every lost person on earth.
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, Romans 1:1
- I am owned by Christ, so I owe Christ to the world.
I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. John 17:4
- Jesus’ work—redemption—on earth is done.
- Only He can save people. He’s the only way to the Father.
II. God will save people, and He wants to use you.
5 Key Verbs in Matthew 28:16-20
- Go: This verb implies crossing boundaries. Go across the street to meet a neighbor. Go to dinner with an unsaved friend. Go and invite your one!
- Make: This verb implies a “work in progress.” We never arrive as Christians. We are all a “family of learners in the faith.” From the newest Christian, to the most spiritually mature, we all learn from each other as part of the “making process.”
- Baptize: Our whole identity changes when we are saved, from that of belonging to ourselves to belonging to God.
- Teach: The verbiage here literally means keep on teaching them. The maturation of a believer is a lifelong process. You never stop growing. You never stop going. And you can’t grow as a believer unless you go.
- Remember: God is with us throughout it all!