What's So Great About the Great Commission?

Examine Your Life


Every Christian is called to make disciples, but many times this leads to confusion about how we ought to carry it out practically. How do we start conversations? How can we motivate others? Is everyone called to foreign missions? No stranger to these kinds of questions, David Platt joins Mark Mettinger to discuss the importance of discipleship in the lives of believers and how everyone has an opportunity to participate in global missions through the local church. 

Mark Mellinger is the Indiana Public Affairs Director for Bott Radio Network and talk show host for 1090 Today, a radio program that showcases local ministries and encourages Christian living. David Platt is the President of the International Mission Board and the the author of the New York Times Best Seller Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream and Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live.


What would you say it means to "make disciples"? Do you have any practical confusions about how to be obedient to the Great Commission? If so, what are they? What are you doing to pursue clarity?
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When you consider your own life, can you discern a disconnect between believing and speaking like David described? If so, what is the cause? What is keeping you from disciple-making?
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David said every Christian should be involved in global missions. To discern where God desires our participation, he encouraged asking whether we are to pray, give, or go. Have you ever felt led towards a life in global missions? If not, how do you contribute through prayer and giving? How could you heighten your participation in these areas?
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Not everyone is called to a foreign nation. But we all have opportunities to carry out global missions by making disciples where God has placed us. When we look at the life of Jesus, He spent His entire ministry in an isolated geographical location. He poured out His life into twelve disciples and we are reaping the benefits of their faithfulness today. God is sovereign and faithful to lead us in ways we can carry out the Great Commission if we are willing. 

As you think about your current circumstances, what discipleship opportunities do you have (church, neighborhood, workplace, etc.)? Would you say you are being obedient to the Great Commission with those opportunities? If not, what stands in your way? What steps can you take to address these obstacles in the days ahead?
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In what ways does your church incorporate global missions into its vision? How does it invite people to participate? Are there ways to improve? If so, how will you contribute in bringing about helpful changes for the sake of the body of Christ?
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As David said, our churches today need to be known less for our seating capacity and more for our sending capacity. All Christians are called to carry out the Great Commission. We each play a unique part in the whole of God's redemptive work throughout the world. Ask God to give you a burden for the lost and the clarity to see where He would have you walk in obedient disciple-making. 


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