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Fulfilling the Great Commission In Three Steps

“Go and make disciples of all nations…” Matthew 28:19

I wonder what was going through the minds of the disciples as they received this great commission. I can only guess that someone had to change their pants afterward. Making disciples is an intimidating task. It was scary when I was a Lifegroup leader in college and it’s still scary as a pastor at Antioch RDU.

Yet, Jesus doesn’t leave much room for excuses. We are called to make disciples.Discipleship was the main strategy of Jesus and embodies the heart of the Gospel:

“As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” John 20:21

God has sent His Son into our lives, and we are sent to make an impact into the lives of others. No, discipleship is not easy- most things worth doing aren’t easy. But by God’s grace, it’s possible and totally worth it.

SO HOW DO YOU MAKE DISCIPLES?

I want to offer three simple steps that have helped me in the journey of making disciples:

1. BUILD AUTHENTIC RELATIONSHIP.

The best discipleship relationships begin on the foundation of trust. Share your journey with them and hear their stories. Be yourself. Model vulnerability and talk about the sins and fears that Jesus has helped you overcome. I love Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but there’s no mention in Scripture of Jesus doing discipleship in coffee shop. Feel free to get out and live life with people that you’re discipling.

2. MAKE INTENTIONAL INVESTMENT.

Intentionality makes the dream a reality. Ask them how they want to grow and guide them there step by step. Impart the simple values of loving God and loving others. Read through a book together and talk about applying it to your lives. Antioch has several resources online to help teach Kingdom values.

3. GIVE A MISSIONAL CHALLENGE.

People are at their best when they have a vision beyond themselves. The person you are discipling has gifts and callings that the world needs. Help them discern their God-given callings and empower them to pursue it. Challenge them to serve, go on mission trips and make disciples.

After seven years of doing this, I’ve been encouraged when I’ve looked back and seen those I’ve discipled become missionaries, youth pastors, business leaders and worship leaders who are radically following Jesus and changing the world more than myself.

No, it’s not easy. But it’s totally worth it.

By Travis Nicholson, Associate Pastor, Antioch Raleigh-Durham

Baptism

Today, our Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert talked about taking steps of obedience and the power of baptism. By definition, baptism means to immerge and to plunge. For believers, baptism is an act of obedience symbolizing our declaration to follow Jesus.

Key Takeaways:
  • Baptism is an outward symbol of an inward reality.
  • A simple act of obedience turns a key that opens the door to breakthrough and unlocks your destiny and purpose.
  • Baptism identifies us with Jesus.
  • Baptism is an act of obedience.
  • Baptism is a picture of cleansing from sin.
  • Baptism unlocks power and ministry in and through our lives.
  • Matthew 28 isn’t the “great suggestion,” but the Great Commission.
Key Scriptures:
Get Baptized!

If you would like to be baptized, sign up to participate in our Baptism Bash on Sunday, May 29th!

How to Fulfill the Great Commission in Three Steps

“Go and make disciples of all nations…” Matthew 28:19

I wonder what was going through the minds of the disciples as they received this great commission. I can only guess that someone had to change their pants afterward. Making disciples is an intimidating task. It was scary when I was a Lifegroup leader in college and it’s still scary as a pastor at Antioch RDU.

Yet, Jesus doesn’t leave much room for excuses. We are called to make disciples.Discipleship was the main strategy of Jesus and embodies the heart of the Gospel:

“As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” John 20:21

God has sent His Son into our lives, and we are sent to make an impact into the lives of others. No, discipleship is not easy- most things worth doing aren’t easy. But by God’s grace, it’s possible and totally worth it.

So how do you make disciples?

I want to offer three simple steps that have helped me in the journey of making disciples:

1. Build Authentic Relationship.

The best discipleship relationships begin on the foundation of trust. Share your journey with them and hear their stories. Be yourself. Model vulnerability and talk about the sins and fears that Jesus has helped you overcome. I love Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but there’s no mention in Scripture of Jesus doing discipleship in coffee shop. Feel free to get out and live life with people that you’re discipling.

2. Make Intentional Investment.

Intentionality makes the dream a reality. Ask them how they want to grow and guide them there step by step. Impart the simple values of loving God and loving others. Read through a book together and talk about applying it to your lives. Antioch has several resources online to help teach Kingdom values.

3. Give a Missional Challenge.

People are at their best when they have a vision beyond themselves. The person you are discipling has gifts and callings that the world needs. Help them discern their God-given callings and empower them to pursue it. Challenge them to serve, go on mission trips and make disciples.

After seven years of doing this, I’ve been encouraged when I’ve looked back and seen those I’ve discipled become missionaries, youth pastors, business leaders and worship leaders who are radically following Jesus and changing the world more than myself.

No, it’s not easy. But it’s totally worth it.

By Travis Nicholson, Associate Pastor, Antioch Raleigh-Durham

Year 25

Kevin Johnson, Director of Antioch Ministries International, reflects on 25 years of World Mandate. The location, size and look of World Mandate have all changed, but the heart behind the conference has stayed true to what Jesus laid on our hearts years ago.

My First World Mandate

My first World Mandate was 23 years ago at Latham Springs. After we ate our meal, we cleared out the tables, set up 50-60 chairs and then worshipped God with our whole hearts. We cried out to Him for our own lives and for the lives of those around the world who didn’t know Him. Our desire was that the Great Commission would be fulfilled in our lifetime. The passion for the nations at World Mandate was matched by the passion for God’s presence in our own lives in a personal and intimate way.

Mandate Highlights

One speaker we’ve had that stands out to me is Jackie Pullinger. She challenged us to reach the poor of the earth, saying, “People ask me, ‘What about the rich? They need Jesus too.’ Well, that’s fine if you’re called to them, but we’re called to the poor. The rich can look after themselves.” The heart of this statement is not to put the rich against the poor, but to give and lay down our lives for “the least of these.”

Also, we used to have flags from different nations hanging on the walls of the meeting hall and people would go and pray at the flag of a nation as they felt led. One year, a girl went to pray at the Chinese flag and during that time, she felt a gentle tug from God that she was supposed to go to China. After the prayer time, she returned to her chair and opened her Bible. Inside of it was a Chinese yuan. Nobody but God could have known what had been spoken to her as she prayed.

Mandate and our Movement

In an age where church conferences are mostly about self-improvement, leadership development and growing large churches, it says a lot that we chose to have a missions conference where we challenge people to pray, give and go to the nations. Although this has always been paramount for us, I think we’ve clarified that everyone can participate by praying, giving, going or all of the above. We’ve also clearly stated that no matter your vocation or location, you can be part of carrying out the Great Commission, anyplace in the world. God has a place for every passion, gifting and dream to be expressed among the peoples of the world.

A Prayer for World Mandate

“O God, give us ears to hear what Your spirit is saying, give us hearts that are soft so that you may pierce us with the burden that is on your heart, and may we all wholeheartedly obey whatever You speak, no matter how much it challenges our status quo.”

We will see you tomorrow night at the Ferrell Center for World Mandate! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet, you can get one at the door for $110. Don’t forget that church will be at the Ferrell Center this Sunday, September 22nd at 10 a.m. and admission is free to everyone.

#PrayForMandate

By Kevin Johnson