Go! And make Disciples!

Jesus said:

Go and make disciples of all nations …”

This is the great commission – to go, on a mission, to make disciples. 

The Great Commission

The Commission

Go And Make Disciples

It’s all over!

Jesus was gone!   It was all over!   Three amazing years of following the Son of God Himself, as He walked the earth, travelling through the region performing miracles, recounting parables, teaching and preaching, healing the sick – and then giving His life for us, the ultimate sacrifice – so that we could inherit eternal life with Him in heaven when we die; and then He was gone.   It was all over!

But what on earth do we do now?   It’s a literal question: what – on earth – do we do?   What do we do on this earth, right now, now that He is gone?   Do we do anything?   Do we just wait?   Until we die?   Knowing that we will enter the kingdom of God – heaven – when we, too, die?  

That was the apostles’ journey – it was all over – He was gone.

Each of the four Gospel writings ends in a slightly different way.   For the four apostles who wrote the Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – each record a slightly different ending, with a different emphasis; the first three with a promise, and all with a command.

Matthew’s End

Jesus came and told His disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.   Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.   Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.   And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT)

Matthew’s ending was his beginning – and the Great Commission to us all: READ NOTE

  • Go!
  • Make disciples.
    • Baptise them.
  • Teach them.

Go where?   To all the nations.   To do what?   To make disciples.   How?   By baptising them.   Then what?   Teach them.   Teach them what?   To obey all the commands Jesus gave the disciples – love God, love your neighbour – and then go and make disciples!   It goes on and on – when you have become a disciple, you are to make disciples, and they do the same, and it goes on and on and on.   It’s how and why we know about Jesus today – because the generations before us have been obedient, and have done just that – they made disciples, and taught us to do the same.

Now it’s all over to us.

And His promise – He will be with us always, “even until the end of the age.”   He is, and He always will be, with us.

Mark’s End

And then He [Jesus] told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.   Anyone who believes and is baptised will be saved.   But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.   These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages.   They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them.   They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.”

Mark 16:15-18 (NLT)

Mark’s ending was his beginning – and the Great Commission to us all:

  • Go!
  • Preach the Good News.

Go where?   To all the world.   To do what?   To preach the Good News.   This also goes on and on – when you have become a disciple, you are to preach the Good News, and as others become disciples and do the same, it goes on and on and on.   It is how and why we know about Jesus today – because the generations before us have been obedient, and have done just that – they preached the Good News, and others became disciples and did the same.

Now it’s all over to us.

And His promise – “These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages.   They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them.   They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.”  

That promise continues today because that was His promise to us: “these miraculous signs will accompany those who believe.”

Did you notice the full stop?   It doesn’t say, “these miraculous signs will accompany those who believe if …”   There’s no “if” – it’s a full stop.   The only if is, if you believe.   It will accompany those who believe.   Full Stop.   So why don’t we see these miraculous signs today?   Why don’t we see demons cast out and the sick being healed by our hands?  

It’s a very good question, and I don’t have the answer today as I write.  Perhaps you know the answer?   If you do, write in and let us know.   Perhaps it is a subject for further study and research?  

Luke’s End

Then He said, “When I was with you before, I told you everything written about Me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.”   Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.   And He said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day.   It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of His name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’   You are witnesses of all these things.

And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as My Father promised.   But stay in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”

Luke 24:44-49 (NLT)

Luke’s ending was his beginning – and the Great Commission to us all:

  • He understood the Sciptures.
  • The message of forgiveness of sins for all who repent would be proclaimed to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem.
  • He was a witness of all these things.
  • Stay in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power.

Understand the Scriptures; proclaim the message of forgiveness of sins for all who repent to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem; be a witness of all these things; and stay in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power.   It goes on and on – when you have become a disciple, you are filled with understanding the Scriptures, you proclaim the message of forgiveness of sins, and you are filled with the Holy Spirit.   As you do this, others become disciples, and do the same, and it goes on and on and on.   It’s how and why we know about Jesus today – because the generations before us have been obedient, and have done just that – they understood the Scriptures, they proclaimed the message of forgiveness of sins, and were filled with the Holy Spirit; they made disciples by doing just this; and they, in turn, taught us to do the same.

Now it’s all over to us.

And His promise – “I will send the Holy Spirit, just as My Father promised.   But stay in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”   Are you filled with the Holy Spirit?   Because it is a promise – “I will send the Holy Spirit.”   It’s not, “perhaps I will send the Holy Spirit,” it’s not, “I might send the Holy Spirit.”   It’s, “I will” send the Holy Spirit.   It’s a promise.

So, how about those who are not filled with the Holy Spirit?   Maybe that’s you?   Maybe you don’t feel that you are filled with the Holy Spirit?   Or maybe you are not sure if you are filled with the Holy Spirit or not?   How can you tell?

Let me ask you, do you love, do you feel joy and peace in your life, do you have patience, do you have kindness, goodness, faithfulness and gentleness in your life, or can you exhibit self-control?   These are the fruits of the Holy Spirit.  

Of course, we can all have some of these qualities in our lives – but are you filled with these qualities?   Don’t worry if you are not, but if you exhibit some of these characteristics – particularly if they are not characteristics that come naturally to you – then I would argue that you do have the Holy Spirit in your life.   If you are not filled with the Holy Spirit – that is, filled and overflowing, exhibiting these characteristics repeatedly and continuously, without effort – then pray, asking to be filled.   We all need to pray for this, almost every day, because we will always come against resistance and challenges that deflect us away from these qualities.   We are sinful beings – all of us, the Bible says so – and the desires of the sinful nature manifest in:

Sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarrelling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissention, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these.

Galatians 5:20-21 (NLT)

Galatians 5:16 onwards tells us that these desires are the opposite of what the Holy Spirit wants, and so we should fight against these desires, so that the Holy Spirit guides us – and we listen to the Holy Spirit – which will then fill us.   It is our choice which to listen to!

Why wait?

Jesus says, “But stay in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”   You see, we need the Holy Spirit.   We cannot do this in our own strength – we need the power of the Holy Spirit.   We read time and time again in the Old Testament of the leaders of the day taking things into their own hands, and suffering defeat after defeat.   It’s only when they rest and rely on God that they see victory after victory – and often when they and their armies were so weak that defeat seemed inevitable.   It is the power of God that provides the victory; and in our lives, it is the power of the Holy Spirit that does the same.

Because we remain in a battle – a battle for souls; and the whole reason for proclaiming the message of forgiveness for all, is for the winning of the soul.  


Read the booklet below to read about John’s end, and how it’s all over to us now! Find out:

Where do you start?
How do you start? 
Be a Witness 
Preach the Gospel 
Baptise and teach; Feed 
Join us to witness, preach, teach and feed 
Finally – the end will come! 

See you soon, Be Blessed.

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External Resources

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What was the Great Commission? Biblical Meaning and Significance

The Great Commission

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Ministry Mates

Certificate of Completion

A Certificate of Completion is awarded to those who complete the Discipleship Programme. 

In order to qualify for a certificate, you must answer the questions asked at the end of each module, and send them to us at Misfits Ministries. 

Module 3 Questions

  1. What do you understand about the Great Commission?
  2. How has the ending to each of the Gospels inspired you?
  3. How do you witness currently, and to whom?
  4. How are you helping to make disciples, right now?
  5. How will you help to make disciples in the future?
Email your answers to disciple@misfitsministries.co.uk. Thank You, see you soon, God Bless.

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