What is the Great Commission, and what can we gain from Ligonier’s teaching series on this subject?


PARSONS: In our study of Romans at Saint Andrews
Chapel, I took some time and looked at the mission of God in Scripture. And the mission of God is something I could
spend the rest of my life studying, because I can’t read a page of Scripture without seeing
the mission of God. And looking at the Great Commission and how
it ties together so much of what we see from Genesis and from God’s promise to Abraham,
there’s so much there. And of course, I deal with some of that in
the series. I dealt with a lot more at Saint Andrews Chapel
during that series, that series on the Mission of God. BINGHAM: We got the extended edition. PARSONS: Right! I mean those series are so difficult, because
you’re…in my case preaching without notes and trying to pull so much from memory and
then in front of this, you know, cameras and lights, it’s very uncomfortable and for me
it’s very nerve-racking. But the Great Commission of course is something
I think is neglected because we do not, we do not know or understand the fullness of
the Great Commission. I think typically when people think of the
Great Commission, they immediately think of evangelism and they think of evangelism only. Now it’s appropriate we think of evangelism
when we think of the Great Commission, absolutely appropriate. Evangelism needs to be a part of our lives,
a part of the warp and woof of how we live. It’s a daily part of our lives, as we are
reminding ourselves of the gospel, as we are preaching the gospel to our children, to our
friends, to those that we work with, as we are repenting of our sins and reminding ourselves
of the gospel, reminding our children of the gospel. So we carry that forth wherever we go and
remind each other and others of the gospel. And as we go out and talk to people in the
world and talk to them about our sins and their sins, we can’t help but talk about Christ. And so we need evangelism, and the Great Commission
in one sense contains that. And at the very heart of the Great Commission
of course is discipleship, baptism and discipleship. But a lot of times when we think of discipleship,
what do we think of? I think that a lot of people think only of
teaching. Sometimes we think of mentoring, and that’s
a good thing, or sometimes we think of small group discipleship. But I think too often, too many Christians
think simply of teaching. Now, teaching is right. Teaching is the, if you will, one of the foundation
imperatives of the Great Commission. But what Jesus says is “teaching them to observe
all that I have commanded you.” Often as we hear the Great Commission just
quoted from memory we hear people say, “Teaching them all that I have commanded you.” That’s not what Jesus says. Jesus said, “Teach them to observe all that
I commanded you.” Teach them to guard—that entails knowing
what He’s commanded. And so that means that we are training people,
not just teaching them but training people. We are training them and helping them, and
that means it needs to be life-on-life and face-to-face, it needs to be real. We can’t do online church. We can’t, we can’t be discipled and we can’t
grow as disciples simply by following people on Twitter. We can’t grow as disciples simply by listening
to a podcast. We have to grow as disciples by hearing the
Word of God and by striving to imitate those who are striving to obey the Word of God and
observe all that Christ has taught. And so we need to be in communities, we need
to be in the church, we need to have friends, we need to have men and women that are older
than we are that are helping us and teaching us and that we’re looking to and that we’re
humbling ourselves under and listening to them. So there’s so much more to this, of course,
to the Great Commission. But that’s one of the, I think, key elements
that is so missing from the church, particularly the megachurch and the online church and even
the campus church model. We’re missing that one-on-one life discipleship. And of course pastors, we can’t do all of
that, we can disciple individuals as we’re able to, but really it’s the work of the church
to do the ministry of that work as they are gifted and equipped, as you’ve discipled many
over the years, even our church and elsewhere. To disciple those that you can as they are
humble, as they learn, as they are trained, so that they might in turn disciple others
in their lives.




Comments
  1. I have been studying the Great Commission from a number of Christian teachers. Most say the same, but then I found this article. What do you think? Thanks! "If Paul received his authority from Christ to preach the Grace of Christ
    to the Gentiles, under the Great Commission, then why did he declare
    that he received it by revelation and went up to Jerusalem by revelation
    to communicate it to other disciples and apostles? Galatians 1:13 and
    2:2 to 6. What need for a revelation, if the authority was in the Great
    Commission? If Paul was preaching to Gentiles under the Great
    Commission, he must have received a “baptism” exemption from the Lord.
    The Eleven were told to baptize. Paul said, “Christ sent me not to
    baptize.” I Corinthians 1:17." https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/the-great-commission-3/

  2. The Great Commission is that all men be saved. We do that by obeying what Jesus taught us, and seeking the wisdom of The Father. If we are children of God we would obey God, that means we obey The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit.

    What many miss is that our K.J. Bible is the Holy Spirit that can and will, with our obedience to The Word of God, teach us the way that we should go.

    Jesus is The Word God spoke. For from the heart the mouth speaks.

    Jesus is The Word God wrote. For from His own finger He inscribed our Ten Commandments.

    Jesus is The Word God made flesh. He is The Word written in our Heart and the Law that hung on the cross.

    God's will, as is Jesus', is that all men come to accept those Ten Commandments, bind them and apply them as instructed in Deut. 6:8-9. Then allow the Holy Bible to lead us into the armour of God and into the Kingdom of God.

    It all starts with accepting Jesus, our Ten Commandments and applying it so we can learn from Jesus and become His disciple.

    If one will do a search on the Commandments from a Bible reference page it will do them more good than years of hearing preachers.

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