THEME: “THE CHURCH AS A TEACHING COMMUNITY”
KEY VERSE: “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”. MATTHEW 28:19
SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 28: 18-20
The Scripture Lesson under study today is usually referred to as the “Great Commission”. “Christianity is a missionary faith”. The very nature of God demands this, for God is love and God is not willing that any should perish.” (2 Peter 3:9)
WHO IS A DISCIPLE?
A disciple is simply a learner or a follower. So, a disciple is not simply a covert but a convert who has gone further to be taught in all the disciples of the faith and has come to a level where he or she can also disciple others.
THE DISCIPLE’S AUTHORITY (MATTHEW 28:18)
Jesus had been given this authority by His Father. A disciple-maker is assured of this authority if only he or she will be willing to respond to this call to embark on this mission of going to make disciples.
THE DISCIPLE’S ASSIGNMENT (MATTHEW 28:19-20)
The disciple’s mission is simply to make disciples.
As demonstrated in the church of the early apostles in Acts, everyone who comes to faith and is baptized into the church has a life-long commission to go and make disciples of all nations.
In your opinion, do you agree that God has called every believer to be a disciple and a disciple maker? Explain your view.
BIBLE LESSON APPLICATION
After this study, examine your own position as a disciple and come out with three practical steps that you will take to fulfill this commission in your life. Share any challenges you might have with your Class or Minister.
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