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The Great Commandment and The Great Commission are the simplest biblical description of the purpose of a Christian life. In this Bible study, we explore why each of us was left on Earth after being saved.

Online Christian Discipleship School
LifeCycle Series D1

The Great Commandment And Great Commission

Instructions:  You can use the course online or print each lesson and fill in the blanks.  If you're taking these courses with the goal of receiving a diploma or becoming a member of Web-Church, you must answer and file a copy of each lesson to submit to Web-Church once you've completed all lessons.  If you wish to make a file copy, you can highlight the text and paste it into a text file.  Pay close attention to any affirmations, commitments or Bible memory verses at the end of lessons.  These are included to help cement the lesson content into your life.

Congratulations: You've made it to the final series in the Lifecycle Online Discipleship School, Reproducing. You're part of a very select group of people. Because you've come this far, I'm already confident of your commitment to living in Christ and having Him live in you and change you to who you were meant to be. If you continue with the commitments you have already made through this series, there is no doubt this will happen. We're now at the place where the rubber meets the road. You have some decisions to make. Are you ready to commit to let Him work through you? That's the purpose of the "D" session, "Reproducing."

Reproducing seems like the most difficult part of Christian life, but it isn't. It comes as naturally as physical reproduction once you've matured. Our first week is committed to our mission or purpose as Christians, still on earth. Week two, we'll cover how we gather to share in our mutual "Devotion" (or worship) to God and how that Gathering grows other Gatherings over time. Week three covers our "Methods" and how they compare with "traditional" methods. Week four will cover what it means to be a "member" of Web-Church. At the end of each session I'll give you an opportunity to make a commitment to what God has shown you in the session. These are the decisions I referred to earlier. Please pray for a few days before making these commitments to God.

The Mission: Despite how popular the notion is, God didn't save us and place Himself within us so we could just bask in His glory and bliss, attending church until He comes to bring us to Paradise. He also didn't save us so we could engage in endless theological debate over such "important" things as whether Adam had a belly button or whether baptism is by sprinkling or emersion. We are not given the charge of judging the behavior of non-believers. He will judge them and us at the end of time. Neither did He save us to found a political movement where non-believers are forced by the government to follow His law. In fact, we can't find any Scripture even remotely placing these things within our realm of responsibility. Yet, sadly, these are the kinds of things we find most professed Christians doing with most of their available time.

Well, Glen, if these aren't our missions, how are we to spend our time until He comes?

I'm glad you asked! That's what this session is all about. Jesus has given us a very clear mission. It is very specific, yet very far-reaching in effect. If we stick to His mission, everything of importance in the above paragraphs will be accomplished.

A. Mission: Read Mt 28:18-20 and answer the following questions:

1. Are there any other places in the Bible where Jesus cites His full authority before directing action by His followers? Why do you feel He did it this time? Note: Emphasis in original language is not on the word "go" but on what we are to do when we go into the world. This is not a call to "missionaries" but a mission for all of His followers wherever we find ourselves.
2. Since the word "teach" comes later in His statement, what do you feel "make disciples" means? (feel free to review prior lessons)
3. What do you feel the word "nations" meant at that time? Hint-The Greek word Jesus used is the root of the English word "ethnic".

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