Transformational Disciplemaking: The Great Commission

In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus says, “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.”

In the Great Commission let’s focus on Jesus’ words “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” How do we teach someone to obey? Not how do we teach someone to comply, but how do we teach them to obey? Obedience is an issue of the heart. It is a choice of submission to God as an expression of love for God. As Jesus says in John 14:15, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”

So, how do we impact the heart of another person? God has always been concerned about the heart of the individual—the inner person. Deuteronomy 10:16 says, “Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer.” Joel 2:13 says, “Rend your heart and not your garments.” In 1 Samuel 15:22, Samuel says, “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.”
So how do we impact people at the level of the heart?

See the next blog for more.