“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘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.’” Matthew 28:18-20 NIV
Among Jesus’ most famous words is his command to “go and make disciples of all nations.” He spoke this to a group of his most intimate followers and friends. Jesus had called them to himself, inviting them to first come and see and then to come and follow. He had lived among them, showing them how to walk with God, then he asked them to reproduce what they experienced with him. He invited them to become disciples who make disciples, inviting others into the journey of transformation through loving and obeying Jesus.
The essence of discipleship is to love and obey Jesus; to be with him and to be like him. Being with him requires commitment, relationship, and pursuit. It’s connecting with him and following where he goes. Discipleship is a purposeful pursuit of Christ with the goal of becoming like him.
Discipleship is Jesus’ purposeful strategy to reach the ends of the earth with the Gospel. If you were able to disciple 100,000 new people every month you wouldn’t even be able to keep up with global population growth. However, Jesus didn’t do it that way. He discipled 12 people and focused on three who then practiced with other people what Jesus taught them. If you discipled three people who, after one year of discipleship, discipled three people committed to the same generational discipleship model, your discipleship tree would reach 10 billion people in 22 years. We would completely fulfill the Great Commission!
Getting into Discipleship at Antioch: If you are excited about discipleship and want to be discipled, we’d love to first invite you to Life Group. We initiate discipleship relationships from our life on life groups. We encourage individuals getting to know Antioch to start attending a Life Group and then to ask your Life Group leader to help you find someone to disciple you.
You can also read more about Discipleship at Antioch by picking up a free copy of our Discipleship Book at our Resource Table on Sunday Mornings.