The commission of the Church is the authority to make true disciples for Christ. True disciples are believers who continue in Christ’s Word.
(31) Then said Jesus to those Jews who BELIEVED on him, If you CONTINUE in my word, then are you my disciples indeed;
To believe is MOST important such that to EVANGELIZE is of PRIMARY necessity but these are NOT the ONLY important necessities in the call to the Covenant of Christ’s Gospel.
A true Gospel Church is a GATHERING of believers in Christ who are ORDERED to evangelize, catechize, baptize and practice Christ’s Gospel.
According to the Great Commission, to be made a true disciple of Christ, one needs to have been taken through these FOUR elements for which God has authorized and commissioned the Church.
- To EVANGELIZE for Invitation – to believe in Christ.
- To BAPTIZE for Initiation – to belong to the Church.
- To CATECHIZE for Instruction – to accept Christ’s commands.
- To “PRACTICIZE” for Imitation – to follow Christ’s example.
(18) And Jesus came to them and spake unto them, saying, All AUTHORITY hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth.
(19) GO YE therefore, and MAKE DISCIPLES of all the nations, BAPTIZING them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:
(20) TEACHING them to OBSERVE all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
Christ’s Commands and Examples include Breaking of Bread and Prayers in ordered Apostolic fellowship (Acts 2:42) under an ordered leadership (Acts 6). We see this in the divinely mobilized impromptu Pentecostal Camp Convention in the Jerusalem Temple Courts which began in Acts 2 and 3, till the Apostles were arrested and threatened in Acts 4 to 5, and disbanded in Acts 8 after Stephen’s trial and martyrdom. But that only lead to wider evangelism, baptism, catechizing and practice which must continue even today!