D I S C I P L E S H I P 31 you want to know what “walking worthy of our calling” entails? Read Ephesians 4–6. Christ’s disciples should be equipped to serve, built up spiritually, unified, firm in their knowledge of the Son of God, mature, filled with Christ’s fullness, not children, but speaking truth in love and growing up into Christ. “Walking worthy” is the very definition of what maturity looks like. Step 5: Examine Matthew 28:19–20 for more evidence. There are differing ideas about how to interpret Matthew 28:19–20. However, the grammar is clear: “Go” is a participle, while “make disciples” is written in the imperative, making it a command. While “go” is a participle, it takes on the force of a command grammatically. Still, while it carries the force of a command, consider the situation the disciples were facing. Jesus was about to ascend, and the disciples were being tasked with the process of spreading Jesus’ message and making disciples. To command the disciples to travel and spread the good news makes perfect sense. But the command to “go” does not apply univer- sally to Christians everywhere. In many ways, the book of Acts is a narrative of the disciples living out this command. This is the best interpretive option. Therefore, we are commanded to make disciples (while the dis- ciples were commanded to go and make disciples). How? Jesus answers that in verse 20: by baptizing and teaching. In Greek grammar, these actions are referred to as participles of means. Baptizing and teaching are the means by which disciples are to be made. In verse 20, Jesus provides an explanation as to what we should be teaching: “to observe all that I have commanded you.” I do not believe anyone thinks that Jesus was limiting what we teach disciples to just His words. Our task is simple: make disciples by baptizing people when they come to faith and then teach them once they have. It is that teaching in which the maturation process finds its basis.