The Great Commission could easily be renamed The Everyday Commission. It is a call to discipleship. It is a call to disciple. It is more than a call to evangelism, or missions or Bible study. It is a call to worship, instruction, fellowship and evangelism. It is a pattern of life for all believers. The question shouldn't be, "Are you discipling someone?" The question should be, "Who are you discipling?"
After Stephen was killed and Saul began to persecute Christians in Judea, many fled the area, proclaiming the gospel as they went. Some came to a city called Antioch, 300 miles north of Jerusalem, and shared the gospel with gentiles living there. This was the start of the church that would become the HQ for the Gentile Mission in the early days of the Church. Some of the greatest leaders and pastors in history served in Antioch, including Barnabas, Paul, Peter, Ignatius, Theophilus, Lucian, and John Chrysostom. It was in Antioch that the followers of Jesus were first labeled "Christians." As we study this amazing church, we'll learn six lessons about being a missionary church filled with mission-minded Christians.