The last part of the Great Commission is a promise from Jesus himself. If we make disciples, he has promised to be "with us." That is a promise of his presence and power. When disciples are being developed, Jesus is present—and groups don't experience an extended plateau. You will certainly not be "Running on Empty." Instead, you and your group will be powerfully advancing the cause and kingdom of Christ.
—Rod Dempsey is Department Chair of Discipleship Ministries at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and the Discipleship Pastor for Thomas Road Baptist Church. Copyright 2011 by the author and Christianity Today International.