Discipleship of Jesus
The Holy Spirit comes to “convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 16:8). The Holy Spirit helps us See Our Need. Through His scriptures on Discipleship, He convicts us concerning Righteousness. Thus, these Scriptures should: clear up common misconceptions about following Jesus, convict us of our rejection of true discipleship, and inspire us to answer the true call of Jesus.
- Acts 11:25-26 - How many times is the word Christian used in NT? How many times is the word disciple used? How would you define the word "disciple" non-religiously? If you asked someone on the street, "Are you a Christian," what would be the typical answer? How about being a disciple? Why the difference among synonyms? How can we use the Bible to define “Christian?”
- Luke 9:23-27 - Emphasize the heart that God wants. What are the three demands of discipleship? What does it mean to "deny yourself?" What does it mean to “take up you cross daily?” How can we be “ashamed of Jesus and His words?” What is the consequence of this shame?
- Luke 9:57-62 - Examine the issues involved with each person - thoughtless following, excuse making, and second thoughts. Note the parallel between “follow me” and “preach everywhere the kingdom of God.”
- Luke 13:22-27 - Does Jesus answer the question? What’s the difference for you between trying and making every effort? Why are the rejected seekers surprised?
- Mark 1:16-20 - What is the invitation? Which is easier to do, catch a fish or catch a man for God? Even fishing needs input. Following Jesus, being taught, discipled, trained for his mission… are you involved in that process? If you are not fishing for men, are you following Jesus?
- Matthew 28:18-20 - The Great Commission: God's plan to save the world. Which would you rather have a penny doubled daily for a month or $1,000 a day for a month? Likewise, a multiplying chain of disciples best achieves the mission.
- Matthew 22: 34-40 - The Greatest Commandment! How can you better love God and neighbors? (Hint: He who has been forgiven much will love much…)