The Great Commission: Empowering the Disciples
“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ as you read this article. May He give us understanding.”
Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. (19) 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, (20) 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." Amen.
The Great Commission is the personal instructions of Jesus to make sure the gospel of the Kingdom is always propagated. It is the call to make disciples everywhere we go, AND it is a call to make sure those disciples are empowered in order to insure the continued propagation of the Kingdom.
For many, the Great Commission statement is a formula of what to say when a person is being baptized. There is certainly nothing wrong with saying these wonderful words when a person is being baptized; however, that is NOT the intent for Jesus giving this commission. Jesus is focusing on making disciples who will change the world and effectively advance the Kingdom of God. To make them into world changers, they need to be immersed in the full understanding of God. They need to know the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. They need to be immersed in all three. World changers need to be baptized in the love of the Father. They need to be baptized into Christ – conforming to the likeness of Christ. And they need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit – filled with His power in order to do the work of Christ on earth. Jesus is telling us to baptize “them” – the disciples – in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Next Jesus tells us to teach them to pay special attention to the things He taught His disciples. That would be the words written in red in a red letter edition of the New Testament AND the actions of Christ as He walked with His disciples. Example: He only did what He saw the Father doing and He only said what He heard the Father saying.
For Coaches of the Significant life: As you travel this magnificent journey of coaching people in the significant life, you will want to impart life to them by helping them discover the love of the Father, the grace of the Lord Jesus and the communion of the Holy Spirit. If they have never had revelatory experiences with each aspect of God, lead them in fully embracing the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It takes the life of God to do the work of God. Pray with them to receive a baptism in the Father’s love. Pray with them to allow Jesus to do His complete work in them. Pray with them to receive the empowering of the Holy Spirit. Jesus knew we need all of God in order to do all He designed us to do. As you coach the Holy Spirit will guide you in when and how to enter into these important areas.