Just found out that Robin Parry has posted a reflection over the interpretation on Matt 28 which I think is relevant here. He wrote,
"...if Jesus was calling restored Israel to go to the nations then the text's relevance for a mission by Gentile Christians to other Gentile Christians is one or two steps away from what Jesus was getting at." (Emphasis added)
2nd Jan 2009 post:
What is 'evangelism' as understood through Matthew 28.18-20?
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
a) Saving souls by asking them to receive Christ as their saviour.
b) Declaring the sovereign of Jesus over all that exists.
c) Both (a) and (b).
d) None of the above.
Another related question:
Did Jesus actually asked his disciples to save souls by asking non-believers to receive him as their saviour? In Matt 28.18-20, Jesus asked them to baptize and teach them. Does that amount to 'saving souls'?