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The Great Commission and evangelism (Matthew 28:19-20)

The Great Commission and evangelism (Matthew 28:19-20)

By Ron Bedell


19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


Matthew, most Jewish of the four Gospels, closes with an admonition to make disciples of all the nations (that is, all the Gentiles). The strategy of God’s outreach in the Old Testament was to have the nations come to Israel to hear about the God of Israel. Now the strategy is for believers to go to the nations.


Contrary to popular thought, the Great Commission in Matthew focuses on discipleship, not evangelism. Of course, to make disciples the Eleven had to evangelize so they would have believers to disciple.