Scripture Reference: Matthew 28:18b-20
Christian discipleship is simply what the Bible refers to as the Great Commission. After the resurrection and before Jesus ascended into heaven, He appeared one last time to His disciples, to give personal instruction to all of His followers to take specific action while on earth.
“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” (Matthew 28:18b-20).
Christian discipleship continued to grow when the followers of Jesus gathered in Jerusalem. Those chosen, had previously been disciples, or followers of Jesus, were now to become apostles, or messengers. Their intention was to spread the Word, beginning with Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came and fell upon them for the first time.
Because of the faithfulness of those apostles, who clearly understood their role as messengers of Christ, we have their gospels and letters. These books and letters became the New Testament of God’s Word, and unlike those first disciples, we have Christ’s instructions in our Bibles, as instruction for our daily lives.
Rev. Courtnee Mills-McCullough
February 17th, 2019