The Great Commission
Jesus said to Matthew and the other disciples:
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you;... (Matthew 28:19-20a)".
I believe that we, as Christians today, should be working as assistants to the Apostles in fulfilling that which was commanded them. The Great Commission was originally given to the Apostles; those who had learned from Jesus, Himself; those who knew exactly what had been commanded of them. Intentionally and providentially, Matthew left the exact information we need to replicate what was taught to the Twelve. If we submit ourselves to the Book of Matthew, as a discipleship manual, then we can be discipled by an original Apostle. Then we can help others be discipled by Matthew, as well. For if we are to be true to the Great Commission, if we are to be found following Christ, then we must be ultimately concerned that we teach exactly what He taught; that we make disciples just as He made disciples ... 'teaching them to observe all that I commanded you;...'
Understanding Matthew as a discipleship manual is the key to replicating disciples, as was commanded by our Lord.