This week we are looking at “The Great Commission” as the basis of our mission as missionary Baptists. We will study what the writers of Mark and Matthew recorded as the commission from our Lord and Savior to spread the Good News everywhere! Read MARK 16:15-20 and MATTHEW 28:18-20 carefully as you prepare to answer the following questions:
In Mark 16:15, Jesus begins “The Great Commission.” This was not the only
commission Jesus gave his disciples between his resurrection and ascension to heaven forty days later. Tell us at least two other places in the Gospels where Jesus gave other commissions to his followers?
2. In Verse 15 what do you think Jesus means by the word go?
3. In Verse 15, Jesus gives us our message and our ministry for today. What do you think is our message from Jesus in The Great Commission?
4. What do you think is our ministry today from Jesus in The Great Commission?
5. What do you think is the definition of the word ministry?
6. In Verse 16, do you believe that Jesus was saying only those who are baptized can be saved? Why or why not?
7. In Verses 17-18, Jesus gives five kinds of “signs” that would go with his disciples as believers to perform miracles in his name. What are the five signs? Can you tell us where in the New Testament Jesus’ First Century believers performed some of these signs? (See Acts 19:11-12; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Hebrews 2:3-4).
8. Verse 20 says Jesus worked with the disciples to confirm his message by allowing them to perform these signs in his name. Do you think these signs are necessary to prove that we are true believers of Jesus Christ today? Why or why not?
9. Since Verse 16 says the disciples had gone to the mountain to meet Jesus what do you think Verse 18 means by saying “Jesus came to them?”
10. In Verse 18, Jesus makes a very important declaration about his authority. What do you think Jesus means when he says he has “All authority in heaven and on earth”?
11. In Verse 19-20, Jesus declares four verb imperatives or directives for his disciples then and now. Name those four imperatives in The Great Commission?
12. What do you think Jesus meant when he said “go” to his disciples in Verse 19?
13. Explain what you think Jesus meant when he said “make disciples of all nations”?
14. In Verse 19, Jesus tells us to baptize new believers “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Since this is the only place in the Bible where baptism is mentioned in the name of the Trinity, why do you think Jesus gave this instruction? Baptism is done in whose name in the book of Acts? (See Acts 2:38, 8:16)
15. What do you think are the differences between the baptisms in Acts and the kind of baptism Jesus instructs us to perform in Matthew 28:19?
16. Only one of the four imperatives in The Great Commission is really a command. Which imperative is the only true command in The Great Commission?
17. FOR ALL TO ANSWER: If Jesus ascended into heaven and sits on the right hand of God the Father, what did he mean when he said in Verse 20, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”