When Jesus called his disciples, he called unschooled and ordinary men. He used these men to change the world and set up his church as a way for the gospel to shared. These men did not have to qualify, reach a level of academic achievement, have a certain pedigree, or background. They simply followed in the steps of Jesus and began to imitate him. These men had witnessed the life of Jesus and had been transformed by his love. This is how He chose to change the world. He invites us to love him by loving others and by making new disciples.
1. What does it mean to you to be a disciple?
2. Why is being a disciple important?
3. Have there been times in your life where you felt unqualified, insignificant, lacking skill, intellect, or maturity to accomplish a goal? How did you respond?
4. Has there been something in your life that was painful to endure but helped strengthen and grow your faith?
5. God’s chief characteristic is love. What are some of the misunderstandings that you may have experienced concerning the God’s character?
6. Do you feel as if everyone can disciple someone? What might prevent you from mentoring or leading someone else?
7. Who had influence on you and shared with you about the Love of God that lead to faith?
8. Name some people who you have looked up to and modeled Jesus to you. What was it about these people that had influence with you?
What steps do I need to take today in order to become a better disciple of Jesus?
Ask these questions:
1. Do I engage in loving others?
2. Do I have relationships that allow me to have accountability and provide transparency in my life?
3. Who do I imitate?
4. Do I have community with other believers?
5. Do I grow daily in my understanding of Jesus (scripture & prayer)?
Ephesians 5:1 (NIV) Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.