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Day 7: Go and Make Disciples

Updated: Jan 11

“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 28:19-20

Although Jesus may have been speaking directly to his eleven disciples at this moment, the command to “go and make disciples” was for His Church. This is one of the reasons many people call this passage of scripture “The Great Commission.”

The Church was commissioned by God to go and make disciples wherever God calls them. One of the most strategic ways of fulfilling The Great Commission is by planting churches led by called and passionate people committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Although it may seem like churches are on every corner in our communities, churches are closing faster than they are opening. At the current rate, only one church opens for every four churches that close. Now more than ever, we need to plant churches in our city and around the world.

I think it’s easy to forget that every church was once a church plant! The church you came to faith in or were disciplined in only exists because a group of people committed to the Great Commission stepped out in faith. That’s why all churches must decide if they will be the end of the road or if they will invest resources and people into starting new churches to reach new people in new places.

Spend some time today asking God to create a passion in your life and your church to see new churches started. Who knows, maybe He is calling you to plant a church!

Pray with me: "Lord, would you continue to mature me as a disciple of Christ. Would you give me eyes to see the relationships in my life where I can set out to make disciples of your kingdom. Give me wisdom on how to live in such a way that I may always push others to see your glory in all things. Thank you that you have equipped us, by your Word and Spirit, for all that we need to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them, and teaching them to obey all that you have commanded. Give me a new desire to go and do this in my areas of influence. Amen"


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