Our Mission: The Great Commission

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)


Our LORD is King Jesus.  

   His Word is our Guide.  

      His Spirit is our Power. 

His Commission is our MISSION.

  • Our Lord is King Jesus

    "And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me." Matthew 28:18 (ESV)



    The "launching pad" for the Great Commission is Jesus' declaration of His authority in heaven and on earth. It is the reason our "mission" is a "commission": our mission has been authorized and empowered by King Jesus Himself! This means we not only have the duty but the right to "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to all men." (Mark 16:15).


    There is no physical, geographic, cultural, political or spiritual location we can go that is not under the sovereign authority of Jesus. Nor is there any place Jesus Himself is not with us ("behold, I am with you always"). This does not mean we will not meet with resistance (in fact we are assured of it!), but it does mean God's purposes WILL be accomplished.


    SO IMPORTANT is this recognition of Jesus as Lord that we are told in Romans 10:9 "if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."  On the other hand, to deny Jesus is Lord is to deny both His deity and his sovereign authority over our lives. 


    Scripture references: Dan 7:13-14; Isa 9:6-7; Psa 89:27; Eph 1:20-22; Luk 1:32-33; 10:22; John 3:35; 1 Pet 3:22; Heb 1:2; 2:8; 1 Cor 15:27; Col 1:16-19; 2:10; Rev 11:15

  • His Word is our Guide

    All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Tim 3:16-17 (ESV)


    For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Heb 4:12


    We embrace the doctrine of "Sola scriptura" (Latin for "Scripture alone"), which holds that the Christian Scriptures (66 books, 39 in the Old Covenant and 27 in the New Covenant) are the supreme authority in all matters of doctrine and practice. 


    As Christians we are to be constantly "reforming" ourselves against Scripture, conforming our thoughts, beliefs and actions to the truth of the Bible.


    Knowledge of Scripture is essential to the Great Commission. It is the proclamation of God's Word through preaching through which people hear the Good News. Scripture is able to make us "wise unto salvation" (2 Tim 3:15).


    A disciple of Jesus Christ must be a student of His words (2 Tim 2:15). No man of God will ever be complete and equipped to do the work of the Lord (2 Tim 3:17) without a thorough knowledge of Scripture.


    Heb 4:12; 2 Tim 2:15; 2 Tim 3:16-17

  • His Spirit is our Power

    “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (ESV)


    The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead (Trinity). His indwelling is ESSENTIAL for Great Commission work. Without the Holy Spirit, we would be powerless witnesses! The Holy Spirit convicts men of sin and righteousness, causes regeneration, indwells every believer, and imparts spiritual gifts.


    We are baptized in / receive the Holy Spirit when we are born again, and we are commanded in Scripture to "be filled" with the Spirit (Eph 5:18) - that is, to be filled with the joy and the love of God.  


    Mic 3:8; Acts 5:32; Rom 15:19; Gal 3:2; Gal 5:22-23; Titus 3:5-6; 2 Cor 3:6

  • HIS Commission is OUR MISSION

    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. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)


    This mission has four parts: Go. Make. Baptize. Teach.


    1) Go: "Go therefore"


    WHO is supposed to go? You are. I am. We are. If you claim to be a follower of Christ, the Great Commission is YOUR mission.


    WHAT is the "therefor" there for? It is there because of the truth Jesus declared in the previous verse: "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me." (Matt 28:17). King Jesus is LORD and our sovereign, and this is WHY He has the authority to send us. We also know that wherever He sends us, He wields authority: the success of our mission is assured.


    HOW are we to go and WHERE are we to go? Both of these questions are answered in Acts 1:8:


    “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (ESV)


    We are to go under the power of the Holy Spirit, and we are to go to Jerusalem (locally), Judea (further away), Samaria (to our enemies), and beyond: to the end of the earth.


    2) Make: "make disciples of all nations"


    THIS IS THE CENTRAL COMMAND OF THE GREAT COMMISSION.  Making disciples is more than, but it is never less than evangelism. Making disciples means being witnesses of Jesus Christ, proclaiming the good news (gospel) that Jesus Christ the Son of God died for sinners. We are to preach to all men everywhere repentance and faith in Christ.


    3) Baptize: "baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"


    When a person places their faith and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, we are commanded to fully immerse them in water, in the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. 


    Baptism is an outward sign of an inward change. It represents our union with Christ in both His death and His resurrection. It is also the public inauguration of the child of God into the visible church. Baptism is not required for salvation, but it is required for obedience.


    4) Teach: "teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." 


    We are to make disciples as Jesus made disciples: by teaching them Scriptural truth, and then by walking alongside them, guiding them and teaching them to observe the commands of Jesus, an ongoing process where we continually seek to apply and submit to God's word in our speech, attitudes, and behavior.