Teach believers to obey Jesus' Commands...
- He told us with "all authority on heaven and earth" to make disciples by teaching them to obey His commands (His final words before ascending to glory, Matt. 28:18-20). Thus, His commands are the curriculum for discipling.
- He commanded many things but they can be grouped under seven basic commands. The 3,000 new believers of the first New Testament church obeyed these commands in their basic form from the beginning (Acts 2:37-47). The only basic command that is not named is love, but we see it in their fellowship and giving.
- Jesus’ commands are the foundation upon which we build all teaching and ministry.
Make Disciples the Way Jesus Said
"Teaching them to obey all that I have commanded"
Repent, believe and receive the Holy Spirit (regeneration,
Mark 1:15; John 3:16; 20:22).
(You can't do one of these things without the other two.)
Be baptized and live the life it initiates, (ongoing transformation), Matt. 28:18-20; Rom. 6:1-14
Pray (private and family devotions, intercession and spiritual warfare), John 16:24
Make disciples (witness for Jesus, shepherd believers, train leaders, send missionaries), Matt 28:18-20
Love God, neighbor, believers, enemies (forgive), Mt. 5:43-48; 22:36-40; Jn 13:34-35, Luke 10:25-37
Break bread (Communion),
Matt. 26:26-28; John 4:24
Give (stewardship of our time, treasure and talents), Luke 6:38
If you love me,
Have a scholarly bent? See Jeff Maynard's detailed analysis, still in process, of all that Jesus commanded:
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