Great Commission Passages in the New Testament (Part 1)
The theology of Great Commission found in culminating texts in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and reinforced in Acts 1:8. Jesus gives us the mandate and the authority to proclaim the gospel publicly. The church is intended to be a public gathering not a selective cult. Discipling all nations is about affecting whole societies. "Nations" means people groups, not a geographic or political entity. The emphasis in Matthew is making disciples.
II. NT events as fulfillment of Hebrew scriptures
A. Peter quotes the Abrahamic covenant - Acts 3:25
B. Romans chapter 4
C. Romans 15:8-12
D. Acts chapter 13
E. Galatians 3
III. Great Commission
A. Definition of Great Commission
1. Teaching of the risen Lord
2. Different locations
3. Last spoken words of Jesus
4. Culmination of the genre
B. Matthew 28:18-20 (split at 57:25)
1. "All authority"
2. "Make disciples"
3. "All nations"