Session 2: The Definition of a Growing Disciple

What is a disciple?

  • Matthew 4:19, to Matthew 28

    • Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.

    • Follow me→Worship Jesus, declare God Lord in all of life

    • Make You→Changed by Jesus, via submission to Jesus. A new creation.

    • Fishers→ Obey Jesus’ commandments

  • Disciple: One who is increasingly worshiping Jesus in all of life, being changed by Jesus, and obeying Jesus’ commands.

What is Discipleship?

  • What does that process look like?

  • Discipleship: Leading others to increasingly submit all of life to the empowering presence and lordship of Jesus Christ.

    • This is a progressive reality—it happens over time

    • Leading Others: As Christ led us to himself, through us we will lead others to him

    • Empowering Presence and Lordship of Jesus Christ

      • I have all authority in Heaven and Earth…with you always until the end of the age.

    • Presence—HS

    • Lordship—submission to Christ

    • All of Life—gather, study the word, discipleship is an all of life endeavor. Everything is changed because of Jesus.

  • It is our desire for everyone to be completely in Christ.

  • Discipleship doesn’t happen in an hour or two a week

    • We must be fully committed.

    • MC—a great place/life for people to see all of you and help each other grow toward Jesus

    • A MC is more than a weekly meeting.

      • Life-on-Life—1 on 1 discipleship/see each other ‘close up.’ See each other parent, be married, hang out, share the mundane/everyday parts of life that you don’t see over coffee at Starbucks.

      • Life-in-Community—Practicing the ‘one-anothers’ of scripture.

      • Life-on-Mission—See what it is like to submit in every area to the Lordship and provision of Jesus Christ.

What needs to be addressed if we are to be disciples of Jesus?

  • Remember: Matthew 4:19 and Matthew 28.

  • Brainstorm with your group

  • Examples

    • Relationships, Marriage—worship (marriage is about Jesus, not us), Changed (we are servants of Jesus), Obey (scripture shows). This has to be learned in community because we are not good judges for ourselves.

    • Who do we serve? Those we like? If that is what we’re doing, I guess we’re still learning how to bless those who curse us.

    • Disciples of Jesus in the Workplace—worship Jesus as you work, work because Jesus already completed the ultimate work—don’t work to earn favor. Eternal reward. May need to be in a DNA group and share these stories

    • Money—Must worship Jesus, can’t love money and God. Must release control to Jesus, it is 100% His. We have to be able to talk about money and not say that God can have control of everything but this. MS—we’re all devoted to submitting to the lordship of Jesus in money, time, resources. Need to be able to talk about this.

    • When we avoid talking about difficult things, we’re saying that we care more about our comfort than their growth as a disciple of Jesus. Get over your fear of embarrassment and talk about stuff that matters.

    • Parenting—Jesus has a lot to say about parenting. We are often resistant to this sort of discussion, but it is also part of discipleship.

Questions for Reflection:

  • 1. Is the structure of our MC such that people can/will grow to be like Jesus in all areas of life?

  • 2. What do we tend to emphasize most in discipleship? Least?

  • 3. How can we begin to emphasize areas where we struggle to disciple one another? Where should we put our energy to grow in the next season?