- Many have argued that the Great Commission was only for the apostles to whom it was originally given and is not for us today. Name two things in Matthew 28:20 that prove the Great Commission is intended for Christians today.
- Why is it important that Jesus is who He said He is, the Son of God? How would you describe His character?
- How does Ephesians 1:19-23 express God's power? What additional fact does Jeremiah 32:17 bring out?
- List some reasons that the New Testament church had such a great impact. (See 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10)
- What does it mean to be Christ's ambassador?
- What does John 14:6 say? Why is this important?
- Why should you be involved in telling others about Christ?
- Why is it critical that we take the news of Jesus Christ to every land?
- What does the word “witness” mean? How is it used in the Bible?
a. Proverbs 14:5
b. Isaiah 55:1-7
c. Luke 24:48
d. Acts 1:18
e. Acts 2:40
f. Acts 8:25
g. Acts 20:17-24
h. Acts 23:11
i. Acts 28:23
- How would you describe Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria in relation to your world today? (See Acts 1:8)
- What is involved in the fulfillment of the Great Commission? Explain the role of both evangelism and discipleship in its fulfillment.
- What place does prayer have in the fulfillment of the Great Commission?
- What personal strategy of evangelism did Paul exhibit in Acts 13 and 14? What additional strategy did he employ in Acts 18:1-11?
- What are the essential ingredients of a personal strategy? What personal strategy do you (or will you) use?
- How does Matthew 6:33 apply to your life in relation to helping fulfill the Great Commission?
- List five people whom you would like to train (disciple) to share the gospel, or one person whom you can ask to disciple you.
- What commitment will you make regarding your answer to Question 16?
Group Discussion Guide
- 1. Discuss the relationship between the Great Commission and the biblical principle of obedience. (See Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Colossians 3:22; John 14:15; Acts 5:29)
- Modern communication technology has brought the world into our homes and workplaces. Share with your group the evidences which you have seen in the last week that there is a global need for the gospel.
- In your group, share the name of at least one person whom you know who needs Christ. Spend time praying as a group for each unbeliever mentioned.
- People around the world are spiritually hungry to know the Lord Jesus Christ. Discuss with your group how people on your campus, in your neighborhood or community are coming to Christ.
- What barriers do Christians need to overcome to make the Great Commission first priority in their lives? What do you think will happen when these barriers are turned over to Christ?
- All of us have resources and talents that can be used to accelerate the fulfilling of the Great Commission. Share with your group one special resource that you believe God has given you.
- “Goal plus Plan plus Action equals Reality.” Formulate a strategy with your group to help reach your community for Christ.
- Now that you have formed a group strategy, it should be easier to develop a personal strategy to reach your friends, neighbors and loved ones. Share with your group what you envision one phase of your personal strategy will be.
Adapted from the Transferable Concept: How You Can Help Fulfill The Great Commission, by Dr. Bill Bright, co-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ. © Cru. All rights reserved.