State of the Church #2

By Rick Bayer, April 24, 2022

Matthew 22:34-40

34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

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.”

with all you are - Matthew 22:37-38

Love your as yourself - Matthew 22:39

on these – the two commands – all the law and the prophets do hang.

  1. 40 Young’s Literal Translation

For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:14 NIV

We make who make disciples - Matthew 28:18-20

Questions for Discipleship Group and/or personal study:


  • Rick asked at the outset, “what makes a great church?”. How do you think most churchgoers in the Lower Mainland would answer that question?

Go to the Source:

  • Read Matthew 22:34-40.
  • Do you ever separate your love for God from love for others?
  • Read Matthew 28:16-20.
  • What does “making disciples” look like in your life?

Live it out:

  • For you to “love God, love others and makes disciples”; what is your next step?
  • How can your group help you in this next step?