How can the "great commission" apply to us?
Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirt.
Many people argue that "disciples of all nations" has to mean everyone, yet fast forward to the next time "nations" is used in Acts 2:5 and you can see that this could mean Jews only. "Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing jews from every nation under heaven"
The other thing I'm always told is that "baptizing them in the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit" is an explanation on why we should be water baptized, but Baptist churches, I'm a Baptist, teach that our baptism is symbolic, the problem is this was no symbolic baptism, it was a required baptism.
Then you get to verse 20: "and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you" Well how come everyone that thinks this our "great commission: does not also teach and preach that we should follow the law in its entirety as Jesus had commanded his disciples?
The Mark version is even easier since it says "these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons, they will speak in new tongues, they will pick up snakes with their hands, and when they drink deadly poison it will not harm them."
I really want to bring a gallon of bleach and a barrel full of deadly snakes to church this Sunday for everyone to participate in that thinks this is our commission.
2 Corinthians 5: 11-21 is our commission, but church tradition will not let go of the Matthew version for whatever reason.