Matthew 28:18-20, “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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.””

When Jesus commanded His disciples to make disciples, He was not suggesting there were different levels of spiritual relationship. That is, one is either a Christian and thus a disciple, or they are not. Therefore, the passage is better translated “to go and win disciples.”

Therefore, it is the mission of every local church to win disciples from among the nations. The church wins disciples by proclaiming the gospel and calling for all sinners to repent and believe it. These disciples are then baptized and taught to obey all that Christ commanded.

This means that the New Testament church’s primary responsibility is to teach and train baptized disciples.