It’s not uncommon in our culture to believe we can be Christians on our own. The local church is seen as a matter of preference. But Jesus said that community and relationships are essential in the lives of disciples.
Let’s quickly review our past three weeks and what Jesus commanded in the Great Commission.
“make disciples” — This is our identity and purpose. We are disciplemakers. (part 1)
“of all nations” — Anyone, anywhere, at any time, can become a disciple. (part 2)
“baptizing them” — Baptism is the first step of identifying with God’s people. (part 3)
So, what is the next step? From this point on following Jesus as His disciple is the same step over and over and over. For the rest of our lives we teach and we learn to obey Jesus.
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19)
This is the ongoing rhythm of our Christian lives.
Teaching requires relationship. It also requires that at least one person in the relationship has more knowledge and/or experience. Certainly everyone has something to learn from everyone else, but teaching requires a degree of maturity. We can conclude that we are all expected to grow up in our knowledge of Scripture.
Teaching and learning aren’t enough if we aren’t “observing” the truth. In other words, it’s not enough to know all of the Sunday-school answers. Jesus isn’t interested in our head knowledge if it isn’t changing our lives through obedience. We have to do what we know.
Finally, Jesus says to obey everything He has commanded. We don’t get to pick and choose. The life of a disciple is all-or-nothing. If Jesus is the resurrected Son of God then everything He says has absolute authority in heaven and on earth… and that’s exactly what He said in Matthew 28:18 right before the command to go make disciples.
Don’t overlook the fact that teaching disciples to obey everything Jesus commanded includes THIS command—the Great Commission. Every one of us is to make disciples.
At Green Hill this type of teaching and community happens in our LifeGroups and our Discipleship courses. Discipleship courses are a way to boost your learning under teachers focused on specific topics for several weeks.
LifeGroups are ongoing relationships for learning and growing in understanding and obedience. We believe Jesus and want every person who is a part of Green Hill to be actively involved in a LifeGroup.
There’s no better time than now to get connected.
Join a LifeGroup.
For more about LifeGroups contact Jeremy@greenhillchurch.com