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What’s Next?

“Why are you doing the Antioch Discipleship School,” I asked?

As she looked up at me, an unknown staff member, the practiced response of, “God told me,” escaped from her mouth.  Sensing a deeper question was in order, I responded with, “Really? Is that the whole story?”  It wasn’t. Her story began to flow, slowly and hesitantly at first, followed by a deluge of passion long kept in check by the threat of disappointment.  She had been serving in the church for a long time, but somehow in the midst of the service, she felt she had lost the ability to hear the Lord’s voice.  She was devoted, but had lost intimacy and direction and realized something had to change.  As the emotion stilled, she looked up at me and said, “I can’t go on like this, so I guess it all comes down to what’s next.”

What’s Next?

As the disciples sat in awe of their resurrected Savior as He ascended into heaven, this question of, “What’s next?” had to be pounding in their hearts and minds. Jesus had left them only one command they were capable of obeying; “Don’t leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift that my Father promised…in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1:4). They knew the rest of his commands couldn’t be followed without His help. They had no idea how to make disciples of all nations, but staying put seemed like a reasonable request.  You see, they knew they needed more than just their own giftings and talents to accomplish the great things Jesus had promised they would do.  So they took some time to wait until God had given them the very thing they needed, the Holy Spirit. Then, fully released and equipped for mission, they went about changing the world, just as Jesus had told them they would.

As He did with the disciples, God often calls us into periods of preparation and waiting so He can sow into us the things we need to walk out the Kingdom adventure He has prepared for us.  Those periods may feel like a holding pattern of preparation, that challenging time between today and the anxiously awaited release into the dreams God has put in our heart. We have all been there at one time or another and many of us may find ourselves there today. Sometimes we need a safe environment in which to encounter God and hear His voice, to journey with others who are asking similar questions and to commit in faith to walk out the things God speaks.

The Antioch Discipleship Schools were formed with these ideas in mind.  As we get ready to kick off a new year, we are excited about what God has in store for those who have set aside a year of their lives to seek Him and get the answers to that pesky, “What’s next?” question.  This year we have more than 125 students in our various schools and they are all seeking direction and clarity on how to move forward in their relationship with God, how to hear His voice and obey and how to live out a Kingdom life.  As you pray for them, ask that they would submit themselves fully to the process of learning and growing. Ask that they would receive from God everything they need to mature and move forward and that God would speak and clarify the calling on each and every one of their lives. Ask that each of them would know with confidence the answer to the question, “What’s next?”

And now, I have the same question for you… What’s next? A year spent in the Antioch Discipleship School would not be a year wasted.

Antioch Discipleship School is a life-changing experience for students of any age, background, vocation or season of life.

It is a place to experience radical transformation and find clarity for a lifetime of following Jesus. It could very well be what’s next for you.

In Response

Apply for the Antioch Discipleship School today.

Got questions? Ask away.

By Trey Green, Antioch Night Discipleship School Director

The Deep Things of God: An Invitation to Intimacy

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (I Corinthians 2:9-12).

This verse is so often quoted when we find ourselves in the midst of circumstances we don’t understand and are desperately longing for a yet undisclosed future time when these “prepared things” of God will be revealed.  We sometimes take on the mindset that God is working beyond the fabric of our understanding and we are merely slaves to our ignorance until His work comes to fulfillment and we can see it fully.  Well, I have some good news, and it looks like this —. Yep, it’s a dash.  You see, the above quoted Scripture is actually only half of what is written and the second half packs quite a punch.  Are you ready for it?

“But God has revealed it to us by His Spirit.”

Whoa, the surprise ending really turns that whole verse on its ear!  You see, this verse was never intended to be an explanation for why we can’t know or understand, it was meant to be an invitation TO know and understand.  Let’s look at the three verses following –

“The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.  For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.  We have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what He has freely given us.”

Did you catch that? The Spirit knows the deep things of God, including His thoughts.  That same Spirit is in YOU, which means that you, through the Spirit have access to the deep things of God.  It is a beautiful, vulnerable invitation to intimacy given by the Father to you.  It is not, nor was it ever intended to be, an explanation for denied understanding.

So, my encouragement to you is to take those things in life that are vexing you and ask God for clarity and meaning through His Spirit, which was given so you can understand what He has freely given you.  When we understand that God has given us a clear invitation to dive into the depths of His heart, it will change our mindset towards Him.  It is impossible to perceive Him as distant when He has freely given us His Spirit, the key to His most intimate places, and welcomed us to explore.

By Trey Green, Director of the Night Antioch Discipleship School

Not One

It seemed too good to be true. I was sitting with Charles Davis, the 80-plus year old saint who had invested so much in the Antioch movement, and he was telling me something that seemed to contradict my experiences and perceptions of life. “Not one of the promises of God has ever failed me,” he said. “I have found Him to be unwaveringly consistent in His fulfillment of the things He has promised me, and none of them have failed.” I was taken aback. After all, I had signed up for this time at our international missions conference to get some solace for all the “failed promises” I was shouldering at that moment: promises of breakthrough amongst the people we were working with, promises of fruitfulness in my own life and promises so prominently written in the Word, yet so conspicuously missing from my life. I found myself speechless at the bold words of this incredible man of God.

It’s moments like these where a right response can alter the course of one’s life. I decided to allow this revelation to settle into my heart and to change me, rather than to toss it away as fanciful thinking or an overly optimistic interpretation of life. The results of this choice were staggering.

Over the next two years, I began to truly believe the promises God had given me were not sources of imminent disappointment but foretastes of inevitable breakthrough. With that, the way I prayed began to change. I began to see myself partnering with God to bring those things promised to pass. Faith levels began to rise in my heart and in the hearts of those around me, and then the floodgates of Heaven proceeded to deluge the nation where I was working. In those two years, I saw promise after promise fulfilled, many of them 15-20 years in the waiting. I began to understand that when God speaks something, it immediately exists in the Spirit and it is our job to partner with Him through faith to bring it into the natural.

As part of the Antioch community, we are on a journey of faith fueled by promise. Whether believing for finances for our new building or answering the call to see the lost in our midst come to Christ, we are being invited by God to navigate the road ahead by His unfailing Word; not by what we see with our eyes.

Will you respond to that invitation and stand in belief for the things that seem impossible, in light of a God who keeps ALL His promises?

By Trey Green