Discipleship

Discussion #1

1) What does it mean to be a disciple?

2) To faithfully follow Jesus, the disciple must maintain a healthy, living relationship with Him.

3) What are the most important attitudes necessary in maintaining a healthy relationship?

4) What is the single most important practice, action, or exercise in maintaining a healthy relationship?

5) Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 4:16, “I urge you to follow me” and I Corinthians 11:1, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (NIV). Would you feel comfortable in telling someone this? Why or why not?

6) Is there an area of your life that you should alter in order to enhance your relationship with Jesus and be a better example to others? How can you improve your relationship with Jesus?


The Four Essential Disciplines for the Disciple

Discussion #2

1) Read Hebrews 10:25. (1) How does attending church affect your communication and relationship with Jesus? (2) How often do you feel that you should come to church? (3) Why?

2) Read Deuteronomy 17:19, Psalm 119:11, Matthew 4:4, John 5:39, and John 17:17. (1) How does Bible reading affect your communication and relationship with Jesus? (2) How often do you feel that you should read your Bible? (3) Why?

3) Read II Chronicles 7:14, Matthew 7:7, Matthew 26:41, Luke 18:1, Philippians 4:6, I Thessalonians 5:17, and Jude 1:20. (1) How does prayer affect your communication and relationship with Jesus? (2) How often do you feel that you should pray? (3) Why?

4) Read Matthew 17:21, Isaiah 58:5-6. (1) How does fasting affect your communication and relationship with Jesus? (2) How often do you feel that you should fast? (3) Why?

5) Read Isaiah 43:10, Acts 1:8, I Peter 3:15, Revelation 12:11. (1) What does it mean to be a witness? (2) How does witnessing affect your communication and relationship with Jesus? (3) How often do you feel that you should witness? (4) Why?

6) As your conclusion, what four activities should you make apart of your Christian life? Will you commit to doing these four things regularly? Do you need to work on any activity discussed above?


The Disciple’s Attitude toward Worldliness

Discussion #3

1) Remember, discipleship involves a growing relationship with Jesus. Read Psalm 89:31-32, John 14:15, John 14:23, John 15:10. Does obedience affect your relationship with Him?

2) Read 1 John 2:15, Colossians 3:2. Does love for God affect your desire for things of the world? What should your attitude be towards things of the world? Where should you place your affections? Do you feel affectionate toward anything of the world? If so, what should you do?

3) Read Romans 8:7, John 15:18-19, I John 2:16-17, I Peter 5:8 . Who are the three primary enemies of your soul? How should you battle each enemy (Read Romans 8:13, Colossians 3:5, II Corinthians 6:17, Ephesians 4:27) ?

4) What should your attitude be toward the world? Toward the devil? Toward appetites of the flesh? Toward sin? Toward the sinner?

5) Love toward God should cause you to incline your heart and life toward Him and the things that please Him. Such affections affect your life in three primary categories: attitudes, actions, and appearance. What actions or changes should you make in your daily life that could positively affect your commitment to maintain purity and truth? Read I Corinthians 15:33; John 15:24-25; Colossians 3:2; and Philippians 4:8.


Jesus’ Disciples: Baptized into Jesus Name

Discussion #4

1) Does the Bible indicate that a need for doctrine exists? Read Psalm 119:11; Acts 2:42; Ephesians 4:14-15; II Timothy 2:15; II Peter 3:18; John 17:3 and list scriptural benefits for doctrine:

2) Why does a need for doctrine exist? Read Romans 8:7; Galatians 5:17; James 3:14-18 and list several reasons:

3) Although human beings chose to divorce themselves from God, yet God continues to reach for mankind to restore him/her back into a vibrant relationship with Him. Read Genesis 2:17; Romans 3:23; 5:12; 19; 6:23; 8:7; II Peter 3:9; I Timothy 2:4 and summarize your findings:

4) Two concepts of punishment apply to the consequence of mankind’s disobedience: spiritual death and physical death. God first restores the individual spiritually, and one day He will also restore physically – in the resurrection those who were made alive spiritually during their life on earth will experience a physical transformation (read I Corinthians 15:51-53). Therefore, obtaining spiritual life while physically living on earth emerges as the supreme objective within those who understand that an eternal era follows our temporal existence here. Like natural life started with birth, Jesus said that spiritual life also begins in birth. Read John 3:3,5-8; Acts 1:5; Acts 2:38 and list and define the two essential components of the spiritual, New Birth: Component: Definition:

5) Familiarize yourself with the Water Baptism tract. Summarize your thoughts:

6) Read Mark 16:16; I Peter 3:21. Do you feel that baptism in Jesus Name is an essential element of your salvation?


Jesus’ Disciples: Born Again of Water & Spirit

Discussion #5

1) Read Acts 2:38 & John 3:3-8. Mark 16:16; I Peter 3:21. Do you feel that baptism in Jesus Name is an essential element of your salvation? List and define the two essential components of the New Birth Component: Definition:

2) Now slowly & carefully read John 3:8. Jesus said that the Spirit birth somewhat mimics the wind that demonstrates its presence by a sound. (1) What is the sign that should demonstrate the birth of the Spirit? Read Mark 16:17; Acts 2:4. (2) Does the Bible support a particular sound as the initial evidence of the Spirit’s baptism?

3) The Bible records the early church’s history in Acts and reports only four times that the Holy Spirit fell upon believers. Each event demonstrates a unique dimension of the outpourings: Acts 2:1-4, the Jews receive the Holy Spirit; Acts 8:14-17, the Samaritans receive the Holy Spirit; Acts 10:44-48, the Gentiles receive the Holy Spirit; and Acts 19:1-6, the converts of John the Baptist expanded their spiritual experience, were re-baptized into Jesus’ name, and received the Holy Spirit. Read each account above, and notice how Acts 2, 10, & 19 specifically make mention of tongues. (1) How does Acts 8 allude to the evidence of tongues in verse 18? (2) Can we assume that speaking in other tongues was the evidence that Simon sought to purchase, since tongues specifically occurred in the other three instances? (3) Therefore, with John 3:8 & Mark 16:17 support, can we assume that speaking with other tongues serves as the initial sign of the Holy Spirit’s baptism?

4) Read James 3:8. Why would tongues serve as the initial evidence of the Holy Spirit’s baptism?


Jesus’ Return for His Disciples

Discussion #6

1) Since God attempts to reconcile mankind to Himself and restore His and humanity’s relationship, God first restores people spiritually when they are born again of water and Spirit. One day, physical restoration will occur when God gathers His children physically and draws them unto himself. Read I Thessalonians 4:13-18, and notice the order of events: 1) God returns to the earth with the souls of the saints, 2) God gives those souls immortal bodies and the bodies arise from the grave, 3) God gives those alive special bodies and they too arise, 4) the new bodies of the dead & living in Christ meet in the air, 5) all saints meet Jesus in the cloud. This is known in Christianity as the rapture of the church. Read I Corinthians 15:51-53 and I John 3:2. Describe the new body.

2) After the rapture of the church, the earth experiences horrible destruction. First, Read Matthew 7:15; 24:11,24, notice Jesus’ warning about the rise of false prophets in the last days,; read Daniel 9:27; II Thessalonians 2:1-12, and see how these false prophets will function. (1) Does this raise any concerns about ministries that have emerged in recent times? Next, read Matthew 24:21; Revelation 6:8, 12-16; 8:7-13; Joel 2:2 and other passages list. (2) Describe a summary.

3) Finally, Jesus returns with those saints raptured (Jude 1:14) to restore peace on the earth that lasts for 1,000 years. Following the era of peace, Jesus judges the soul of every human being that has ever lived and grants them either eternal reward or eternal punishment. Read Revelation 20:11-15. What do you desire to hear on that day? Read Matthew 25:21,23.

4) Read Isaiah 43:5-7 and Romans 8:11. What are the prerequisites to participate in the rapture? Does this agree with John 3:3-5?


Jesus’ Disciples Live Holy unto God

Discussion #7

1) When God’s spirit enters the heart, the individual becomes an holy, habitation of God: a temple of God. Read I Corinthians 3:16-17; II Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 2:22.

2) Since I am a holy temple of God, what does God expect from me? Read Luke 1:74-75; II Corinthians 7:1; I Peter 1:15-17; Hebrews 12:14

3) Read Luke 11:24-26 and I Corinthians 3:16-17. What can happen to me if I don’t maintain the holiness that God made?

4) Since holy God resides inside, I should desire that His holiness radiate through my attitudes, actions, and appearance. Read I Timothy 2:9 and I Peter 3:3-4. How can I allow Him to radiate through my appearance?

5) Read Acts 1:8. How should Jesus radiate through our actions?

6) Read Philippians 4:8; II Peter 3:10-12. What practical ways should you maintain your attitudes?


Disciples Enter into Jesus’ Kingdom where He Reigns

Discussion #8

1) While I live as a good earthly citizen (Romans 13:1-8; I Peter 2:13-14), I realize that this world is not my home. My eternal citizenship is in heaven (Ephesians 2:19; 3:15), and God adopted me into this kingdom when I was spiritually born (Romans 8:15; Ephesians 1:5). Read John 3:3-8 and Acts 2:38 and list the essential components of the New Birth.

2) Read John 19:19; I Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14; 19:16. (1) Is Jesus a King? (2) What kind of attitude(s) should we have toward Him?

3) Read Romans 5:12-21; 14:17. (1) How does King Jesus expect to reign in His kingdom? (2) List some other people, attitudes, habits, or things that want to reign in our lives.

4) Review Discussions #2 and #7. List some action steps or positive behaviors that gives Jesus more reigning authority and power in our lives.

5) Name some specific plans that would allow Jesus to better reign.


Disciples Enjoy Jesus’ Kingdom

Discussion #9

1) Consider what the kingdom of God is like inside. Read Revelation 5:11-15. (1) How many deities (gods) sit upon the throne of the kingdom? (2) Who is this deity on the throne in Revelation? Read Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 42:8; 44:6,8; 45:5-6; Jeremiah 10:10-11; Mark 12:29. (3) How many Gods does the Bible teach exist?

2) Consider the attributes and characteristics of God. He is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, eternal, invisible, and infinite. He exists as eternal spirit (John 4:24). Can man relate and really associate with a being that is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, eternal, invisible, and infinite?

3) Read I Timothy 3:16; what did God do therefore in order to relate and build a solid relationship with humankind?

4) Read John 1:1-3, 14. Hence, two great truths: (1) There is One God; (2) This God robed Himself into a human body of flesh. The infinite, invisible, eternal God took upon Himself finite, visible, temporal, and mortal existence in a fleshly body. (Read Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:3) God was in Jesus Christ (read II Corinthians 5:19), working and relating to humankind. Jesus termed the infinite, invisible, and eternal aspect of God as Father; He called the finite, visible, temporal, and mortal aspect of God as Son. Read John 10:9-10; (1) where did the Father dwell that did the works through Jesus Christ? (2) Did the One God reside within the human body of Christ and operate through him on earth? (3) Does this speak of one Person or three persons?

5) Read Malachi 1:11 and Acts 4:12. How many names are given to mankind with which to relate to God and call upon Him? What is that name?

6) In singular focus, you can approach, praise, petition, and worship this One Great God – Jesus! Read I Timothy 6:15; I Timothy 1:16-17; Jude 25.


Giftedness and Ministry

Discussion #10

1) Within His Kingdom where He functions as the sole potentate and ruler, Jesus Christ invites us to assume responsibility. Consider several points: (1) Jesus never gives responsibility without authority. (2) Jesus always gives the necessary gifts, talents, and abilities in order for us to exercise the responsibility through ministry. (3) Jesus always requires accountability for the responsibility and giftedness that He has given: Has the job been done? Read Matthew 25:14-30. Do you know your responsibility? Your gifts and abilities? Are you fulfilling your spiritual work, ministry, and vocation (Ephesians 4:1)?

2) Read Mark 16:16-18; John 14:13; 16:23. Jesus said that we could exercise His authority in His _________?

3) While God has given you particular gifts, talents, and abilities to fulfill your specific responsibility, every believer maintains one common responsibility. Read Acts 1:8 and II Corinthians 5:17-21. What is the common responsibility given to every believer?

4) (1) What is an ambassador? (2) How does he/she function both inside and outside of the embassy? (3) How important is the embassy and the embassy family? (4) How does this correlate to the church and to the individual believer?

5) Read Luke 17:7-10. Does fulfilling the particular duty related to the responsibility appease Jesus and satisfy His calling? Explain.


Financial Stewardship

Discussion #11

1) The Bible calls every disciple of the Kingdom of God a steward. This ancient word refers to the main servant or slave within a household during Bible days. He/she served as a manager over the household and understood (1) that he/she had the resources of the master available to use at his/her discretion in order to fulfill specific responsibilities and tasks. He/she understood that he/she owned none of the resources, but that he/she possessed the resources only to use them according to the master’s wishes. Read Matthew 25:14-30. Should the steward anticipate a time of accountability from the Master?

2) Consider money: (1) who owns all of the money in the world? (2) Who give it to us to use? (3) Does the believer’s money belong to him/her, or does God make it available to use for him/her to use at his/her discretion in order to fulfill specific responsibilities and tasks?

3) Read Matthew 6:24-25; I Timothy 6:10; Luke 12:15. Does the scripture indicate any concerns about money?

4) Read I Corinthians 16:2; Malachi 3:8-12. Does God give guidelines of how the believer should handle his/her money? What is the tithe? Whose is the tithe?

5) Read Mark 12:41-44. (1) Does Jesus know about you and your money? (2) Does Jesus care about you and your money?

6) Should you build giving money to God into your budget?

7) Read Luke 6:38; II Corinthians 9:7. Will God bless the one who gives?


Faithfulness

Discussion #12

1) Remember Matthew 25:14-30 from previous discussions, and read I Corinthians 4:2. Is faithfulness important to the believer?

2) Read Lamentations 3:23; Isaiah 49:7; I Corinthians 1:9; I Thessalonians 5:24; II Thessalonians 3:3. Is God faithful to us? He is faithful in his counsels (Isaiah 25:1), in afflicting his saints (Psalm 119:75), in fulfilling his promises (I Kings 8:20; Psalm 132:11; Micah 7:20; Hebrews 10:23), in keeping his covenant (Deut. 7:9; Psalm 111:5), in executing his judgments (Jeremiah 23:20; Jeremiah 51:29), and in forgiving sins (1 John 1:9).

3) The scripture provides examples of saints being faithful despite imprisonment (Acts 28:30-31), persecution (Rev. 2:9; Rev. 2:13), and lack of blessing from God (Luke 1:8-9). Read Matthew 24:45-47 and Luke 16:10. Concerning your relationship with Jesus, is there any reason, cause, or occasion in which you may neglect your faithfulness to Him?

4) (1) How important is faithfulness in a marriage, employment, or education? (2) How important is faithfulness in your covenant and relationship with Jesus?

5) Review discussion #2 in this journal. Name four major areas in which the disciple may prove himself/herself faithful to the Lord.

6) Read Luke 12:42, I Timothy 1:12, II Timothy 2:2; Revelation 17:14. Does faithfulness have positive effects in this life?

7) Read Revelation 2:10 and Matthew 25:21-23. What can the faithful servant anticipate from his Master when he/she is required to give an account?