Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age... Matthew 28:19-20
|The Great Commission|
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The Great Commission refers to the instruction Jesus gave to his disciples after his resurrection to go and make disciples of all nations ("make disciples" is the active verb). It is a calling that his disciples followed faithfully, with the spread of the gospel first through Palestine, and then the Roman Empire, and today, Christians continue to follow in the apostles' footsteps in missionary work in their own home towns and in countries around the world.
The Great Commission is recorded in Matthew 28:16-20
- Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. Then they saw him, they worshipped 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."(NIV)
The commission from Jesus reminds Christians that his followers have the duty to go, teach, and baptize.