Isaiah 60:22

About Ultimate Impact

Jesus’ method of making disciples makes so much more sense than the ways we see churches attempt to evangelize. Jesus never neglected the crowds, but focused a large part of His ministry on a few men. He taught them everything they could learn for the short time He was with them and then they did the same thing with others. By the time the Apostle Paul had written his letter to the Colossians, he could say, “…This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.” Colossians 1:23. Paul understood the method Jesus used and later wrote Timothy and gave him the same instructions on how to lead the church. “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses, entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” 2 Timothy 2:2. This method reached the entire world in the first century and I believe that God is no less powerful today. Take a look at what could happen if everyone brought one person to the Lord each year, then trained them to lead someone else to the Lord the next year and kept the progression going.  (Geometric Progression chart - to be added later.)

When Jesus began His Earthly ministry, He chose and called a few men to be with Him. These men followed Him throughout His ministry and learned His ways, His mindset and His heart. By following Jesus, their lives were radically transformed and were later used by God to transform the world around them. The church’s methods today are often program-oriented and miss out on the original, simple, relational plan Jesus used. Advertising specialists will tell you that the best advertising is by word of mouth. This is the only way Jesus spread the gospel message. Men were Jesus’ method. Certainly we cannot improve on the Master’s plan. The problem often comes when we spend most of our time doing good things but neglect to do the best thing. Either we spread ourselves too thin with our time or we are not focused on what is most important: Discipling a few people into following Jesus with all their hearts.

Why don't we become more intentional about seeking out other Christians who have a similar passion, network together, and pray for each other and for those whom we are trying to reach. Why don't we share resources so everyone can learn from each other’s experiences. This web page is a continuing effort to network with people who have taken the Ultimate Impact Challenge to do just that.

Emulating Jesus requires many sacrifices, but with these sacrifices come great rewards. First, there is the internal reward of knowing you are in God’s will and are following His command to make disciples. Also, there is the reward of being used by God in ways that will change other peoples’ eternal destinies. Ultimately, our reward will be found in Heaven when there are souls of people there whom we loved, taught and discipled. If there are more people in Heaven, then more glory is brought to God.

Barry Hendrick