Matthew 28:19-20 is often called “the Great Commission”. In these verses the Risen Christ tells his disciples:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
While English translations can give the impression that the command is to “go” the word translated go is actually a passive participle. While a little clunky in English, the translation “As you are going…” gives the sense of the Greek –while we move along the Lord’s paths for us we are to be doing something.
The imperative comes next: They are commanded to “make disciples.” this is quite different than making converts. It meant to teach, coach and mentor people in the ways and thinking of another – in this case: The ways of Jesus Christ! Discipleship meant more than a transfer of information, it was knowledge demonstrated in the life of the disciple or learner.