“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.”
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.
Apply for the Antioch Discipleship School today.
Got questions? Ask away.
By Trey Green, Antioch Night Discipleship School Director