THE GREAT COMMISSION
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. And when they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted [that it was really He]. Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority (all power of absolute rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.”
To understand the Great Commission, you must first understand the Original Commission.
After Jesus was baptized and tempted with every temptation imaginable, He walked into the temple in Jerusalem and opened the scroll and read His mission from Isaiah 61:1
LUKE 4:17 - and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
THIS SHOULD HELP
COMMISSION = CO-MISSION
The prefix, "Co", is an important part of understanding our calling. It means together, joint or jointly; mutually, and indicating partnership. The reason for the need to partner with God is because we cannot do this on our own. It is His mission and it requires His authority and direction.
NOTE: If you are doing something "for" God, it is quite possible that you are doing it "without" God. We are called into a Co-Mission relationship just like Jesus Christ was.
We are called to jointly work with God through His Holy Spirit to fulfill the commission of our Lord Jesus Christ. As I mentioned earlier, the "how to" is always the challenge to determine. (Matthew 24:14)
We are called to...
and not just go to church...