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And Jesus came and said to them,

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore 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 that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20

What are we supposed to teach?

One of the most common fears that people share with me when it comes to sharing their faith with other people, and invite them into a relationship with their church, or their creator is this: “I won’t know what to say! I don’t have all the answers! How do I explain everything!” I know, it can seem daunting, this place in the Great Commission where Jesus calls us to “teach everything” to these new people that we encounter.

Ready for the Good News? This part is actually super simple.

The truth is, we aren’t each called to be perfect teachers to every person we meet. Church is a community where people gather and learn, together! So, when faced with the task of teaching others, I say stick to the basics. Remember how Jesus put it so simply earlier in the Gospel of Matthew,

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Tell people that. Show them how your faith and your faith community help you to do that, not just on Sunday mornings, but throughout the week. And then you can invite them to join you into times where you don’t just participate in those things, but come into worship and bible study situations where they can learn just what all of that can mean.

  1. Love God
  2. Love neighbor
  3. Figure out the details later!

Next month we’ll wrap up the end of this series, with a new invitation to try something a little different in living out the Great Commission. Until then, I welcome any thoughts or questions on this, or anything else that is on your mind. Just shoot me an email (jpontious@uls.edu), drop by during regular office hours, or grab me after worship on Sundays.