Hello, all: In another part of this board, Aresman wrote the following in reply to another poster: Now, I would like input from you all. And please, no sarcasm, no insinuations, no anything that will turn the discussion into negative. I personally believe the "Great Commission" was given only to the church, that is, the command to preach the gospel, to make disciples. However, Aresman has raised very valid points with regards to baptism. If the Great Commission was only to the apostles, then the authority to baptize stops after the apostolic period. Now, that part I do not agree with. When, and where in Scripture did the authority to baptize transfer to elders ? I am asking this question because I am willing to let go of the belief that the "Great Commission" was given only to the apostles, if Scriptures plainly show otherwise. Of course, the third option Aresman presented I did not consider at all, but can also be tackled if you want. Thanks for your input.