God’s Command – “Go Make Disciples”

Study by Dr. Ray Ellis

Matthew 28:16-20 – Jesus gives the command to make disciples and promises to give us His power and authority to carry out His command.

The primary focus of God’s Word is to make disciples. Disciples do not become part of the church community automatically. Disciples are not born; they are made.

Acts 1:8, 2:1-4 – We have the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to keep the “Go” in the gospel.

Acts 2:41-47 – Early church – Experienced exponential grow

• Devoted themselves to the apostles teaching
• Fellowship
• Prayer
• The Lord added to the church
Seven – Step Process – Acts 2:41-47
7.  v. 47 They grew in numbers daily
6.  v. 47 They reached their community
5.  v. 42-46 they continued in fellowship with the ch.
4.  42 They were instructed by the church
3.  v. 41 They were added to the church
2.  v. 41 They were baptized
1.  v. 41 The gladly received the Word

Growth in the early church
Acts 1:15, Acts 2:41-47, Acts 4:4 Acts 5:14

The Early Church was a Church on the Grow

Acts 6:7
Acts 9:31
Acts 16:5
Acts 21:20

Prayer preceded outreach in the early church.

Acts 13:1-3 – Church in Antioch
• Worshiped
• Fasted
• Prayed
• Sent Forth Missionaries

1. Prayer brought power and boldness to believers in the early church. Acts 2:42,47, 4:31,33

2. Through prayer the church sought God’s guidance in making decisions for leadership. Acts 1:24-26, 6:3-4

3. Sinners were convicted of sin and saved because Christians prayed. Acts 12:5, 7,8,23

4. Miracles were the result of prayer. Acts 3:6, 16:18

5. The early church was called to prayer through persecution.
Acts 3 – Lame man was healed – Peter and John were arrested –they were ordered to stop speaking about Jesus and his resurrection.
Acts 4:29-30 Christians prayed:
Effective prayer gets results – Acts 4:32
God answers prayer:
Earthquake –
A time of refreshing – Acts 3:19
They were given boldness to speak

The Holy spirit makes clear His vision and purpose for the local church.

Do we talk about prayer more than we pray? Luke 18:1 “Men ought always to pray and not to faint.’

A C T S is a helpful way to pray

Adoration – Lord you are wonderful – Psalms 46

Confession – Isaiah 59:2 – sin separates people from God – I John 1:9 is the answer

Thanksgiving – I Thess. 5:18 “In everything give thanks.”

Supplication – Pray for specific needs. Phil. 4:6

“When the church shuts itself up to the power of the prayer closet, and the solders of the Lord have received on their knees, power from on high: then the power of darkness will be shaken and souls delivered.” Andrew Murray, The Believer’s Prayer Life