Respond, formerly Commission, has long been entitled for the evangelism aspect of our Christ-centered walk. There are obvious connections back to the final commission from Jesus to His disciples in Matthew 28. However, we believe that a group that is “responding” to the entire commission will “teach them all that I have commanded you,” [vs. 20, italics added].
Students live out this commission in their lives, not in crafty evangelism tactics. This requires that our students return to the same places that they’ve been, loving the same people they’ve loved. Fully realizing our place in the active Kingdom of God is a key component to living out the rest of our days with an eternal view and an immediate commission. This doesn’t happen in one sitting.
Respond is a good place for students who want to experience servant and relational evangelism moments, but it is not a place for evangelism without discipleship.
The greatest priviledge and commission we see through Respond is to see an individual repent and begin to live a transformed life in view of their place in the Kingdom of God. Now that is living abundantly [John 10:10].