Bible Study: Matthew 28
Bible Study: Matthew 28

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Who first told you about who Jesus Christ is and what he has done for you?

For many of us, there was someone, either a parent, friend or a coach, who first told us about Jesus Christ. For most, it will have been someone we knew well/ had a strong friendship with/had a family relationship with. The Good News of Jesus Christ has spread throughout the generations and around the world because Christians have told one another about it.

Read Matthew 28:18-20

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

What you need to know

The end of Matthew’s account of Jesus’ life finishes with these challenging words to his disciples. This happens after Jesus’ resurrection when the disciples were still trying to understand what had happened and what ‘a risen Jesus’ means.

  • What is the big idea or key theme of this section?
  • What repeated words do you see?
  • What do you think it means to ‘make disciples’?
  • How can Jesus make a statement like this?

Read Matthew 28:16-17

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.
  • Why do you think Jesus tells his disciples this at this point?
  • How does Jesus saying this give assurance to his disciples?

Sum Up

Jesus has ALL authority over everything. This gives us great confidence to speak of Him in a sports culture where there are few Christians and great assurance in the face of opposition.

Read Matthew 28:19-20a

19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

What you need to know

The word ‘ethne’, translated as ‘nations’, means people groups and cultures, not just geographical countries. Sport is one of the largest people groups of cultures in the world today.

  • ‘Go’: Why did Jesus command them to GO?
  • ‘Make disciples’: How does the second half of verse 19 and the beginning of verse 20 act as an explanation of making disciples - describe them in your own words.
  • ‘All nations’: How does this apply to sport? What would it look to GO to SPORT to make disciples even in this season of university sport? How might you have to be creative and more intentional in this, given the changes covid restrictions have caused in your sport?

Sum Up

The world of sport is vast, with the majority not believing in Jesus Christ. It is daunting for a Christian to GO into ALL the world of sport with the intention of making disciples. But Jesus (who has ALL authority) says that He is with us ALL the time as we take up this task!

What does this mean for us?

Because of what Jesus Christ has commanded, we can see the importance of making disciples in sport at University. A sports stadium with a running track is a helpful picture of life as a Christian sportsperson. The stadium has a track and stands: we are on the track running the race of faith; those we play sport with are in the stands watching our faith lived out through how we compete and train and in what we say. The training sessions in this group help us run on the track and make disciples of those in the stands! Let’s GO!

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