Equipped, Empowered, Sent.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. – Acts 1:8
When Jesus said this to his disciples in Jerusalem, it was coming on the tail of Him instructing them to wait in Jerusalem before beginning their ministry in obedience to His instructions to “Go and make disciples of all nations…” found in Matthew 28. These disciples had just spent 3 years essentially 24/7 with Jesus doing “life on life” discipleship. Why was Jesus telling them to wait? Certainly this intensive discipleship program that they had experienced was sufficient to turn them loose right?
Not quite. As we see in the text above, their local, regional, and global witness was dependent on something more than just the modeling and teaching they had experienced with Jesus. They needed power. Specifically, Jesus promised that they would receive power from the Holy Spirit and only then would they be sent to carry out the work that the Lord had given them.
These three component parts make up a pathway and a process by which you are prepared and deployed to carry out the Great Commission that Jesus has given to all of His disciples. Our leadership team at First Baptist Concord wants to walk with you through this process and see you fully delivered into the sent life for which you were created, saved, and set apart.
This is a long-term process of training, learning, and practicing the principles and the tools of Kingdom obedience. This happens through Bible Study Groups, Inner Circles, one on one discipleship, and intentional training environments created specifically to prepare disciples to live and be sent on mission. Equipping includes bible study, teaching and training others, modeling and practicing evangelism and discipleship, and discovering more about the unique cultural contexts of our strategic missions partners.
This is a pursuit of the presence of God that results in a surrendered, intimate relationship with Him through a daily walk in His Word and with the Holy Spirit. This pursuit can include rhythms of daily devotion and prayer as well as deeper levels of soul care and counseling to walk through the demolition of strongholds in the flesh resulting in healing, peace, and intimacy with our heavenly father. Through this pursuit we find ourselves depending fully on the power of the Holy Spirit for effectiveness and success in our Kingdom obedience.
Concord Missions wants to see you equipped and empowered in order that you may be intentionally sent to live and serve on mission for King Jesus. We want to send you across the street, across the city, across the state, across the country, and across the globe to carry the good news of Jesus to those who have not heard it. Maybe Jesus is calling you to give 3 hours a week to serve as a volunteer with one of our local missions partners. Perhaps the Lord is calling you to be sent on a one week missions team to serve with our church planting partners. Or God could be preparing you to move your entire life to another country in order to carry the gospel to the ends of the earth full time. However the Lord is calling you, Concord Missions wants to walk with you to see you placed right at the center of His will as an obedient ambassador for the Kingdom of God.
Concord partners with local organizations that seek to minister to At-Risk Children, Youth, Adults and Families, including the local schools in Farragut and Mechanicsville.
Concord North America Missions partners with 3 NAMB Send Network Cities and 1 SEND Relief City. Each city offers ministry opportunities to largely unchurched and ethnically diverse areas, the goal of which is to reduce lostness in North America.
Nearly 2 billion people in our world have little or no access to the gospel of Jesus Christ. They are desperate for someone to share His life with them. In order to meet this need, Concord Global Missions partners with 5 strategic global areas where we see God at work and feel His call to join Him there, as well as several global gateway cities where many from our strategic people groups have been scattered.