The Kingdom of God had been presented all through Mathew, and now the extension of Jesus’ authority and reign in people’s hearts would be what accomplishes this commission.
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 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.”
Mathew 28: 16-20
Questions for Reflection
What does this passage tell us about God’s role in making disciples?
What does this passage tell us about man’s role in making disciples?
What part of Phil’s definition of a disciple is important to you? What do you think Phil left out that should be included in a definition of a disciple?
A disciple is a follower of and learner of Jesus, [apprentice] who loves being with Him, and is being set free of what hinders him or her from being with and being like Jesus, and then helps others do the same through loving relationships.
It makes a huge difference whether or not spiritual formation in Christlikeness is available to a church. What should a church offer so that disciples can be formed?
Phil mentioned seven questions in order to challenge our growth as disciples. Which one do you sense God is wanting to help you with, and what will you do about it this week?
- Am I a worshipper of Jesus?
- What doubt do I need to bring to Jesus?
- Do I believe His favour and authority rest on me?
- What aspect of my life is Jesus wanting more of?
- Is there something hindering me from publicly declaring my love for Jesus?
- In which area of my life is He calling me to obedience?
- Do I need to claim the promise of His presence for myself?