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Three Great Commands and AIM Pattern  


45 min

This is a study of the "three great commands" and their relationship to one another.  It also explains the three-thirds AIM pattern in a simple form using symbols that build toward church identity.


The basis of this study is Matthew 22.34-40 and Matthew 28.16-20. 

Begin by asking a participant to read the first passage, then note the following:

  • Jesus was being tested.  How did the Pharisse hope to trap Him?
  • He quotes Moses in Deut. 6.5 and Lev. 19.18, reinforcing the Law
  • "Love" in both instances refers to agape, not philos.
  • v.40 notes that Jesus has summarized the Old Testament in two statements!

Draw an equilateral triangle on the board, with "Love God" at the top to remind them of the first and foremont command.  Write "Love People" on the bottom left as a reminder of the second command.

With the strong use of agape (sacrificial love) we use the phrases Accountability to One Another and Intimacy with God to remember these essential commands.  Write these below the corresponding points on the triangle.

Now, ask a participant to read the second passage and note the following:

  • Jesus establishes His authority and then gives a command.
  • His command to go and make disciples highlights the essetial nature of His work in making disciples during His ministry. 
  • The Great Commission speaks of generational growth.  Like 2 Timothy 2.2, it speaks of 4 generations:
    • Jesus
    • the Twelve ("go")
    • the disciples of the Twelve ("make disciples")
    • the ones they made when they obeyed ("teaching them to obey")

Complete the triangle by writing "Make Disciples" in the lower right corner. 

The word 'mission' can be limited to a statement or a strategy, so we use the phrase Multiplication of the Kingdom to emphasize what Jesus desires as a result.  Write this below the lower-left point.

The next part fleshes out the three-thirds AIM pattern.  Using the symbols as well as their meanings, write out each point and explain the importance of each in training disciples.

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Alphabetical Listing of Training Elements

  15-Second Testimony
  Acts 2 Study
  Allen, Roland - Strategic Points
  Allen, Roland - Substance of Paul’s Preaching
  Allen, Roland - The Teaching
  Are We Disciples of Jesus Christ
  Balance in the Five-Fold Ministry
  Banyan Trees and Banana Trees
  Big Vision
  Blind Spot
  Breaking the Rules
  Church Identity Triangle
  Coaching Plan
  Coleman, Robert - The Master's Plan
  Community Survey
  CPM Continuum
  Creation to Christ Story
  Creative Problem Solving
  Dead Sea and Sea of Galilee
  Disciple-Making and Raising Children
  Discovery Bible Study (DBS) - AIM for Believers
  Discovery Bible Study (DBS) - AIM for Unbelievers
  Door-to-Door Preparation
  Ee-Taow, Part 1
  Ee-Taow, Part 2
  Eims, Leroy - Biblical Examples
  Eims, Leroy - Early Church
  Eims, Leroy - Two Examples
  Forces of Light and Darkness
  Four Kinds of Disciples
  Four Stages / Four Fields
  Generational Growth Mapping
  Gospel Bridges
  Gospel Encounters Record
  Gospel on the Hand
  Great Commission Partnership
  Hope in a Broken World
  Ibraham, Ishtak - Reaching Muslim People
  Inward & Outward Focus
  Know - Be - Do
  Lessons from the Thessalonians
  Lockridge, SM - My King
  McGavran, Donald - Pattern of the Great Century
  McGavran, Donald - People Movements
  Multiplication Exercise
  New Life in Christ
  One Anothers
  One Mission
  Parable of the Cornfield
  Patterson, George - Spontaneous Multiplication
  Paul's Development Through 5 Levels of Leadership
  Paul's Discipleship Model
  Paul's Three Journeys
  People in the Harvest (Four Soils)
  People List
  People Map (oikos or network)
  Person of Peace
  Positive Accountability
  Problem Solving Exercise
  Quotes & Verses Posters
  Richardson, Don - Concept Fulfillment
  Richardson, Don - Finding the Eye Opener
  Schindler's List—'I Could Have Done More'
  Schwartz, Glenn - Dependency
  Sending Narratives Study
  Seven Generations
  Simson, Wolfgang - Fathering
  Simson, Wolfgang - Fivefold Ministry
  Simson, Wolfgang - House Churches
  Small Group Sizes
  Smith, Steve - The T4T Story
  Stott, John - The Bible in World Evangelization
  Strategy Snapshot
  Testimony (Personal Story)
  The Bold Parts
  The Complete Package for Church Planting Movements
  The Five-Fold Ministry in the Four Stages
  The Four Fields and the Great Commission
  The Great Commission of Abraham
  The Great Story
  The Left Side of the Graph
  The Lorax—'Plant the Seed'
  The Modeling Sequence in Luke
  The Peter Pathway
  The Romans Road
  The Traffic Light
  The Word on the Street
  Three Circles
  Three Great Commands and AIM Pattern
  THUMB - Religious Groups
  Training Faithful Trainers (TFT)
  Triangle and Square
  Vision-Casting Vignettes
  Witness Model Zone
  Witnessing to Catholics
  Your New Journey


David served the purposes of God in his own generation, and then he died... - Acts 13.36