The church should be an instrument of redemption and practice redemptive socialism.
Within it he makes the point that Mathew 28: 18-20 is a doing command. It’s not a teaching command in regards to doctrine, rather its a doing command to follow and do. I would also like to add to Ricks points about being doers, that this command becomes a perpetual command for the church today to be doing the things that Jesus commanded the first disciples to do.
This included healing the sick, casting out demons and expecting the odd miracle or two. There are members of the church today who have created a vast belief system and theology, in regards to the belief that certain practices of the early church are no longer for today. Those things have ceased and are not to be expected in anyway shape of form.
Yet, surely if we are going to take the command of Christ seriously! If we are truly going to submit ourselves to the truth of this command; surely this passage tells us to do and expect God to move powerfully within, through and over us, in the same way he did in the early church?
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore 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.”