Sent

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Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

“Therefore, go.” Okay, we got that down. That means we don’t just sit around and wait. Nor do we leave it to someone else to do. If you go, you’re not going away from the action; you’re going into it. This is purposeful. You’ve been sent. Sent to do what? To make disciples. Great, how do you do that? Is there a discipleship manual? Is there a notebook for this? “Ten Things Every Disciple of Mine Should Know,” by Jesus Christ. 

What does that mean to make disciples? John Shirk, our Minister of Discipleship, offers a hyper-relational discipleship model all of us can learn from. He actually brings people into his circle of life. It’s all about relationships. It’s coming alongside each other. It’s walking and talking. It’s “as you go along, make disciples.”

We can all do this! Bringing people into a small group and joining them into rhythms with other people, where there’s a lot more richness of relationship, that is actually discipleship. It is not formal, but it is intentional.As mentioned within our recent study, most Millennials say that our society is facing a crisis of leadership because there are not enough good leaders to go around right now. These people are noticing a variety of large global problems and they are ready to enact change. They want a relationship with older, wiser people like our primary audience who can provide a laboratory for leadership.

Your energy and your focus has to be to continue to communicate to the Millennials you know that they matter to God, that who they are is important to you, and that instead of being an add-on or somebody that gets helped, they are actually agents of change, transforming within the body of Christ while operating in their spheres of influence.

It’s a time to join forces, Boomers with Millennials, by cultivating cross-generational relationships through mutual interest and toward a new frontier. Not only can our primary audience develop a flourishing faith with the Millennials, we will be changing the metaphor from simply passing the baton to the next generation, to a more functional, biblical picture of the body — that is, the entire community of faith, across the entire lifespan, working together to fulfill God’s purposes. This puts all of us on the front lines of humanity doing the impossible and proving it can be done!

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4 Responses to Sent

  1. Toni Petrella says:

    Working at lodging on Nellis AFB in Las Vegas in the housekeeping area I meet my share of millennials. They are and interesting group to talk to about anything. They are hungry for the word of God and I enjoy talking about the Catch of the Day with them. I hope many will got to the Catch to get a great message on the word of God. Also, coming to know Jesus. Always got to have hope and faith. Life is empty without either of them. Take care, God Bless, always.

  2. peter leenheer says:

    In our church in Children’s ministry we have started a leadership program. We start with age 11 and continue on to age 15. We noticed over the last 10-15 years that these kids are now adults serving in the church community and other communities. The program involves physical involvement as well as spiritual nurturing. A leader needs to have a firm relationship with Jesus Christ. The kids are interviewed and chosen for their willingness to serve others and God. This leadership program is teaching those who want to be leaders and in many ways are ‘the cream of the Christ serving crop’. They are commissioned by their parents through prayer. The kids are nurtured by making steps to be more like Jesus all the time. They are also taught the joys and sorrows of being a Christ following leader.

    Spreading the word needs to be intentional and constant. The 12 disciples built ministries and went world wide. We are trying to do our part in maintaining what we have as well as making God’s kingdom grow.

  3. Mark Dennis Seguin says:

    Good read & great video of a cool song!

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