The Great Commission
The Great Commission is one of the most significant passages in our Bible. First, it is the last recorded personal instruction given by Jesus to His disciples. Second, it’s a special calling from Jesus Christ to all His followers to take specific action while on this earth.
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age’ ” (Matthew 28:18-20).
The Great Commission is the end of a Gospel and the beginning of faith in action for all Christians. This command from Jesus is significant because it’s a personal instruction for Christians to have a profound faith in Jesus Christ as indicated in verse 18, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” This is a
powerful statement which demands faith in Jesus Christ, validating His power in the lives of Christians and their commitment to Him. If Christians do not believe this statement, complete faith does not exist. Jesus is very clear about His authority in the world -- it is complete and total from the beginning of time itself (John 1:1-3).
In verse 19, Jesus gives His believers specific directions to follow after they have affirmed their faith, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Jesus calls all His followers to act and share the Good News of salvation and reconciliation throughout the world. Many Christians have made incredible sacrifices, traveling to remote regions of the world beyond the civilized cities into jungles and deserts. Mission fields can also be very close to home – such as the community served by Buffalo Covenant Church.
Finally, in verse 20, Jesus provides specific direction with affirmation to His followers, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Christians are instructed to teach others about Jesus Christ and the entirety of His truth. Once again, we ask you to consider what you and your family can do to support the Discipleship Expansion Project of our church as a local expression of the Great Commission.
Therefore, in Matthew 28 we are reminded of Great Commission and the call that Jesus laid out for each of us. At BCC, we continually try to meet the call to Go, Teach, Baptize, and Disciple in the name of the Lord. Through prayer, the Lord has laid it on our heart that we expand our buildings footprint and devote ourselves to fulfilling this call. We are inviting our BCC members to come to a Special Congregational Meeting on April 26th where we will vote on the future of the Discipleship Expansion Project. The meeting will be held in the Worship Center at 6:00 p.m., with a time of Prayer at 5:00 p.m. in Room 105. Childcare will be available.