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Keepin’ it Real: Discipleship

Memory Verse: Matthew 16:24 – “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘if any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.'”

  1. We our life to be a follower of Jesus.

    Matthew 16:24-27; John 8:31-32; John 13:34-35

  2. In other Words…
    Mom – You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.
    Polish – You can’t have your mustache and the soup.
    Greek – You can’t have the pie and the dog full.
    Argentine – You can’t have the pig and the twenties.
    Vietnamese – You can’ catch fish with one hand.
    Dutch – You can’t divide and choose.
    Jesus – You can’t live your own way and be my follower.

  3. We by becoming disciplined in our following.

    John 15:8-17

  4. We by practicing the disciplines of discipleship. Transforming real people into real followers of Jesus Christ.

7 Transformational Disciplines for being a Disciple

  • Seek God in Prayer Philippians 4:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
  • Study God’s Word for growth. James 1:21-25
  • Serve God and others in your unique SHAPE.

    1 Peter 4:10; Galatians 5:13

  • Steward your resources as a trust from God. Matthew 19:21; Matthew 6:20
  • Support other believers through sharing in a LIFE group. Acts 2:42-47
  • Share your “faith story” in Christ with others.Colossians 1:27-28; 2 Corinthians 5:17-18
  • Send people or be sent yourself to the nations for Christ. Matthew 28:18-19; Acts 1:8

Next Week’s Reading Guide:
Matthew 20:20-28
Luke 16:10-15
John 12:23-28
Romans 12:1-11
1 Corinthians 16:15-18
2 Corinthians 4:7-12
Galatians 5:13-14, 1 Peter 4:7-11

Discussion Questions:

  1. Share some things or attitudes or ways of living that you’ve given up to follow Jesus.
  2. How have you become more disciplined in following Jesus?
  3. Which of the 7 disciplines is easiest for you? Which is hardest?
  4. What are the best motivations for following Jesus?