5 Ways We Get the Great Commission Wrong

Trevin Wax: The missionary imperative of Jesus at the close of Matthew’s Gospel (28:18-20) is a key text for Christians: 18 Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. 19 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, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (CSB)   But it’s easy for us to take some wrong turns in our understanding of Jesus’s instruction. Here are five ways we sometimes get the Great Commission wrong. 1. When We See ‘Teaching’ as Exclusively or Primarily Informational The first pitfall is seeing the “teaching” component of disciple-making as exclusively or primarily informational rather than holistic. David Sills puts his finger on this weakness, saying, “The heart is often overlooked in discipleship programs and traditional classroom models. Focusing intently

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