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Supernatural Disciple Making

The mission of Jesus as presented in the Gospels was to declare the Good News of the Kingdom of God, demonstrating the power of God’s goodness and love to humanity, to raise up disciples who would multiply the ministry of Jesus and continue to advance the Kingdom by making disciples of Jesus.

This is the supernatural lifestyle that Jesus has purchased for us: that we can be filled with His love and His power, being formed in the likeness and character of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. For it is God who works in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure. God has taken the weight of discipleship onto Himself, both in initiating the desire to grow in our hearts, and the power to actually change.

We can fulfill the mission of Jesus because He has sent His Spirit to empower us, and to teach us how to walk in the authority that Jesus purchased.

“ALL authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to do all things that I have commanded you, and I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20

This great commission from Jesus is the mission of all believers, whatever your level of training or preparedness. We are all called to live in confidence of Jesus’ authority, and to make disciples wherever we are. The good news is that you don’t have to do it alone! The Holy Spirit empowers you and the community of believers is here to co-work with you as you walk this path of disciple-making.

So how do we make disciples?

Perhaps we should start with ourselves: learning the ways of God, what He is really like, what He says about us and the life He’s called us to. In our years of running a training school, we have identified key elements for this:

  1. Knowing God: it all starts with each of us getting to know Father God as revealed in the life & ministry of Jesus.
  2. Knowing your identity: the Bible is packed with wonderful truths about who I am from God’s perspective. I am seated with Christ, I am a beloved child of God, I have been bought with a price, I am beloved, I am not bound to sin, I am empowered to change & grow, I can access the peace of Christ, etc.
  3. How to hear the voice of God: Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice”. It is the inheritance of all Christ-followers to hear the voice of the Good Shepherd.
  4. How to minister healing and freedom in the power of the Holy Spirit: following the pattern of Jesus, and being filled with the same Holy Spirit, we can do the works of God.
  5. Reaching out in service to the church and community: God wants to work through us to make His world a better place. The Spirit will compel us out to love and serve others.
  6. Transformation, spiritual formation, growing in character: with man, this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. You can change. You can grow. In fact, you will change, and you are growing. You are predestined to be like Him!
  7. Declaring and advancing the purpose and priorities of heaven in this world: Jesus has defined the parameters; He has provided the mission for us.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” - Acts 1:8

The plan that Jesus gave us was to start at home (Jerusalem in the verse above), and spread out from there. You don’t necessarily have to dive head-first into becoming a full-time missionary in a foreign country. You can be like Jesus right at home. That’s the best way to start!

GET STARTED THIS WEEK

Pick one small action you can take this week to activate your discipleship at home. Perhaps volunteer at your local church, small group, or food pantry. Maybe take a non-christian friend out for coffee and ask them about their dreams, who they think God is, and share with them the God that Jesus revealed to us. Make new non-christian friends and repeat the process! And don’t forget to start with yourself: engage in faith with the Holy Spirit who dwells inside you. Ask Holy Spirit to show you any place where you’re being held-back by doubts, fears, ungodly beliefs, or trauma. Begin to exchange those issues for God’s truth. Ask Holy Spirit to disciple you, and link arms with someone else so that you can encourage each other toward good works.

Take the leap into a new lifestyle: sign up for the Global Awakening School of Supernatural Ministry: a 9-month school to equip you for the next season of your life.

– Mike Hutchings

PS) Earlier I mentioned our training school. All Global School of Supernatural Ministry students receive training from apostolic, prophetic, evangelistic and pastoral teachers who equip and impart revelation that prepares them to live out a supernatural lifestyle and impact their world with it. But the most impactful experiences are those that include one-on-one coaching, mentoring and encouraging in the context of community.

Also, check out these free teaching and worship sessions on Global On Demand for further inspiration and encouragement as you step out this week.

Mike Hutchings photographMike Hutchings is the Director of Education at Global Awakening and has 35 years of pastoral, church planting and pastoring pastors experience in a variety of church cultures. In his free time, he conducts “Healing PTSD” training seminars throughout the country, as well as writing, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
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    Mary Stephens · 5 months ago
    I want to be part of this move I am coming end of September
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    Sam · 5 months ago
    Go Ye takes money. God supplies through people, usually...I haven’t seen it fall from the sky (myself, but heard of it). Pray to be involved with a ministry(s) with big visions because God’s provision will likely come through your hands
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    Njuma Eric E. · 5 months ago
    Great article. Thanks so much.

    Please I was to attend the school full time to go through all the school.


    How do I go about it because I am in Africa.
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      Joseph Cotten · 5 months ago
      Hi Njuma! I’m excited for you, that you feel led to come to the 9-month school. We have international students every year, so we have some well-established methods to help you get a visa and get all the travel plans in-place. I would suggest that before applying to the school, you send an email to admissions@globalawakening.com to get information about traveling to the US for the school, getting housing in place, etc.
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    Bill Henry · 5 months ago
    They do have an online option for Global School of Supernatural Ministry. You can observe the hrs of classes per day and also worship with the onsite students for the first hour before classes begin. It's a great option. I just graduated year one program on May 10th. So glad I did the work and am more knowledgeable about who I am in Christ now. I minister to others in a more proficient way also. I turn 70 June 25th. So age is no problem.
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    Dora Plant · 5 months ago
    So enjoy reading articles. Was recently at my daughter’s home. Had a problem with knee for past year and we prayed and God healed it!! We prayed for my other physical needs. And some are still in process of healing but so excited to have a slow healing cause I’ve never had a slow healings before!!! Teaching his disciples is what Jesus did. These things are just basic teachings to get started. Scripture shows how well the disciples did after those 3+ years. We can do the same things and more in His Name!
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    Bronwen · 5 months ago
    Hi, wondering if you do this training via correspondence courses, for those that live overseas
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      Joseph Cotten · 5 months ago
      @Bronwen and @Hennie we don’t have a correspondence course per se, but we do have online courses which serve the same audience. If you’re looking at correspondence options, I would point you to our online certification programs. These are broken out into topics such as Physical Healing, Inner Healing, Deliverance, and Prophetic Ministry. You can learn more about them at https://globalcertification.com Or, if you’re looking for more of a lifestyle grounding, I’d recommend our Global School Online option at https://gssmusa.com/schools/online
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      Hennie · 5 months ago
      I am from South Africa and would also benefit from a correspondence course. Would love to hear if it was available.
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    John Decker · 5 months ago
    Great article. We are working on creating discipleship and multiplication models in high schools and universities, and would like to talk with you about incorporating more power or prayer evangelism with those interested as something to model, replicate, and multiply. Could we set up a call or email to discuss this? John Decker www.CampusMinistryLink.org Explainer video http://bit.ly/MoveExpl
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    RJ · 5 months ago
    I can do this all day long, or you could explain why this ministry doesn't trust Christ to provide and charges for discipleship. I have heard Randy speak on multiple occasions and he has talked about faith and trusting Christ. Is that only in certain situations or for certain things?
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      GreatDadGreatLife · 5 months ago
      Friend I am a missionary and once thought like that. But is it not trusting God if you have a job or if you accept support if you are a missionary? Do you have a job? These people are loving on you - seems if you want to develop the relationship the courses offer you might not want to publicly assail these ministers who lay down the lives to serve us. How about you asking and believing God ( and many will agree with you) to provide you with the funds needed to pay the cost needed to support the ministry having you there instead? God can provide without the ministry suffering for ypur expense - he can put it in your hand. They are already trusting God for the ministry needs. When you and I attend their programs like this we increase their expenses ( and by more than the fees they ask). I learned from God that instead of being offended that missionaries ( and we don’t even have a salary) aren’t “free of charge” going to schools and functions like this, that I could trust God to put in my hand what is my reasonable minimum service to pay my way instead. And He does. He can do the same for you.
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      Joseph Cotten · 5 months ago
      Hi RJ, I'm happy to have a conversation with you about this (perhaps over email?) but I think it's a disservice to the readers to have any sort of debate in the comments.
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        RJ · 5 months ago
        Sounds good. I am not looking to cause an issue for those here. I am just frustrated with the system and looking for answers/clarification. It seems the church leaders are preaching things that their actions or own personal beliefs don't align with consistently.
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          Joseph Cotten · 5 months ago
          Great. I just sent an email to you. For what it’s worth, I understand your frustration we (in ministries) are all having to embrace disruption to find ways to keep doing what God has called us to do, not seeking profit, but flexing enough to keep serving. I look forward to continuing this conversation with you!
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    Curtis Kneblik · 5 months ago
    Thanks for the article as a reminder that we minister out of our identity as sons and daughters of God.
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      Joseph Cotten · 5 months ago
      Yeah! That's the core, isn't it: living out of our identity as sons and daughters of God. There's such stability and life there.
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    Oksana Gudima · 5 months ago
    Thank you great article!
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    Pauline Adongo · 5 months ago
    Great article! Love the key topics highlighted on discipleship
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      Joseph Cotten · 5 months ago
      We’re glad you liked it, Pauline. This process of transformation is core to our ministry here, as we seek to see people impacted by Jesus and thereby empowered to grow inwardly, and to change the world.
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    RJ · 5 months ago
    If we are to follow the example of Christ why is it that you charge money for discipleship? The verse you referenced from Matthew 28 doesn’t say anything about charging money for discipleship training.
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      Joseph Cotten · 5 months ago
      Hi RJ! Thanks for chiming in! As a non-profit organization, we can understand that you value being able to receive ministry without cost. The fees we charge are an unfortunate necessity of running a ministry. Much like a seminary has to charge tuition to cover their costs, so our training school is forced to charge tuition to cover our costs. When you look at the expense required to fly in instructors, pay for meals, pay for hotel rooms, plus the costs of running the facility here, you can begin to see that even though we are a non-profit organization, we have to do something to keep the lights on. :-)
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    Tom Eckhardt · 5 months ago
    Great article! thanks!