6. The Nine Commands Of Jesus


When someone makes a commitment to Jesus how do you begin to disciple them? The obvious answer comes from the Great Commission where Jesus told the disciples to teach all nations to obey the commands he had already given them (Matthew 28:18-20). There are eight of his commands in scripture (with the ninth being not specific to his teachings but implied in the Lords Supper and then practiced immediately in Acts 2:42-47).

If discipling in a group, then these commands help new group begin the process of evolution into a simple church. These commands are the perfect place to start in this journey. Acts 2:42-47 is the original prototype of a fully functioning simple church. That is our goal but the 9 commands of Christ are where we start as they lay the foundation of obedience.


Command Scripture Reference Story
1. Turn and believe


Mark 1:15


The sinful woman: Luke 7:36-50


2. Be Baptised Matthew 28:19 Phillip and the Ethiopian: Acts 8:26-29
3. Pray Matthew 6:9-13 Jesus’ prayer: Matthew 6:5-15
4. Go, make disciples Matthew 28:19-20 The Samaritan woman: John 4:4-42
5. Persevere John 15:18-19 The persecuted church: Acts 5:27-42
6. Love Matthew 22:37-39 The good Samaritan: Luke 10:25-37
7. Lords Supper Luke 22:19-20 Jesus last supper: Luke 22:7-20
8.  Giving Luke 6:38 The generous widow: Mark 12:41-44
9. Gather and meet Hebrews 10:24-25 The first church: Acts 2:41-47


Water baptism will be a huge challenge for a new disciple if they live in a hostile culture. So do not push baptism once it has been presented as a command of Christ. Let the disciple count the cost for a while and come back to the topic later. The more hostile the culture the more important it is to find a person of peace who can open doors to other people. Once a whole family have become disciples it is much safer to meet, baptise and grow. Pray for this.

Remember, baptism does not have to be an overtly public act. Sometimes completely isolated new believers who come to Jesus through the internet will baptise themselves in their own bath!

Also; any disciple of Jesus Christ automatically has the authority to baptise others. If we wait for a pastor or the whole family to be present it will slow the growth of the movement. Acts chapter eight tells us the story of the Ethiopian Eunuch being baptised immediately with one other present.


This is just a few words on this topic to clear things up. The early church celebrated communion as a full meal in homes (1 Corinthians 11:17-26) Traditional Western church services leave little room for celebrating the Lords supper as it was celebrated in the New Testament era. Either way it doesn’t matters much how you do communion. It matters a lot more why you do communion, and your attitude to the Lords supper, is the guiding factor. In the scriptural reference above, Pauls spells out very clearly that attitude is the key.


Luke 1:26-38 The birth of Jesus

Matthew 3:11-16 The baptism of Jesus

Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus is tempted

Matthew 6:9-15 Jesus teaches us how to pray

Matthew 26:27-30 Jesus and His disciples – last supper

Mark 4: 35-41 Jesus calms the storm

Luke 5:17-26 Jesus heals a paralysed man

Luke 10:30-37 Parable of the good Samaritan

Luke 15:11-31 The story of the lost sons

Luke 18:35-42 Jesus heals a blind beggar

Luke 19:1-10 Zacchaeus meets Jesus

Luke 23:44-56 Jesus death and burial

John 1:1-14 Jesus coming to earth

John 3:1-8 Jesus and Nicodemus

John 3:16-21 God’s incredible love for us

John 5:1-9 Healing at the pool of Bethesda

John 6:5-13 Jesus feeds the 5000

John 18:1-11 Jesus arrested

John 19:16-24 Jesus is crucified

John 20:1-9 Jesus resurrection

John 20:10-18 Jesus appears to Mary after His death

John 20:24-30 Thomas sees Jesus

Acts 1:3-11 Jesus goes up to heaven

Acts 9:1-19 Saul’s dramatic conversion to Jesus

Acts 16:11-15 Lydia believes in Jesus

Romans 5:1-11 The impact of faith in God

Romans 8:31-39 Who we are because of Jesus

Ephesians 2:1-10 Made alive in Jesus

Colossians 2:6-15 Freedom in Christ

Colossians 3:1-14 Changed outlook on life


Genesis 1 The Creation Story: God Created the World

Genesis 2 The Creation Story: The Creation of Man

Genesis 3 The Fall: Disobedience of People

Genesis 6:1-9:17 The Fall: The Flood

Genesis 12:1-8, 15:1-6 Redemption: God’s Promise to Abram

Genesis 22:1-19 Redemption: Abraham offers Isaac as a Sacrifice

Exodus 12:1-28 Redemption: The Promise of Passover

Exodus 20:1-21 Redemption: The Ten Commandments

Leviticus 4:1-35 Redemption: The Sacrificial System

Isaiah 53 Redemption: Isaiah Foreshadows the Coming Promise

Matthew 3; John 1:29-34 Redemption: Jesus is Baptized

Matthew 4:1-11 – Redemption: The Temptation of Christ

Matthew 28:18-20 Commission: Make Disciples

Matthew 26:26-30 Redemption: The First Lord’s Supper

Mark 4:35-41 Redemption: Jesus Calms the Storm

Mark 5:1-20 Redemption: Jesus Casts Out Evil Spirits

Luke 1:26-38, 2:1-20 Redemption: The Birth of Jesus

Luke 5:17-26 Redemption: Jesus Forgives and Heals

Luke 23:32-56 Redemption: Jesus is Crucified

Luke 24:1-35 Redemption: Jesus Conquers Death

Luke 24:36-53 Redemption: Jesus Appears and Ascends

John 3:1-21 Redemption: Jesus and Nicodemus

John 4:1-26, 39-42 Redemption: Jesus and the Woman at the Well

John 11:1-44 Redemption: Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead

John 18:1-19:16 Redemption: Jesus is Betrayed and Condemned

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Commission: Be Ambassadors

Revelation 21:1-8 Finished: All things New


  1. Memorise these first nine scriptures that relate to the commands of Christ so that you are ready to start leading a DBS with your upcoming new disciple!
  2. If you have not been baptised yourself, get it done now.
  3. Are any of the 9 commands of Christ missing from your life. If so then fill that gap now.