Thrive Pathway Activity 25

Memorize and Understand Matthew 28:18-20


Mathew 28:18-20 is a recording of Jesus’ last words to His followers. It is commonly referred to as the Great Commission. It outlines God’s plans to reach the world with the good news of Jesus. By committing this verse to memory, it will help you keep it highlighted in your everyday life.


Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)
“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.”


The Great Commission is more than just one of Jesus’ teachings.  It can be argued that this statement reveals the reason that Jesus came from Heaven to earth. 

This scripture clearly defines why the Church, meaning all Christians and all congregations, exists. Matthew 28:18-20 tells us these things:

  • Jesus was giving these instructions to His followers on God’s full authority.
  • Christians are to go to all nations. Taking the gospel to faraway places is not something for a select few missionaries. It is the purpose of the Church, i.e., all Christians and all congregations.
  • Jesus asked for you to do more than evangelize people. His goal is for you to “make disciples.” In other words, you are to help new Christians grow to become strong in the faith as you teach them the commands of Christ.
  • Baptism being the mark of a Christian is also seen here. Those who follow Christ should not be ashamed of Him.

More Pathway activities on this topic:

#8 Meet people around you
#15 Pray for non-believers
#26 Invite non-believers to a worship service
#33 Know your neighbors
#36 Develop relationships with other culture groups
#50 Learn “one verse” evangelism
#53 Have spiritual conversations with non-believers

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