The purpose of discipleship is to know Jesus and to make him known.
2 Corinthians 5:11-21
"Jesus doesn't need you." That's a reality check. As much as that may sting our pride, it's amazing to know that even though he doesn't need you, he does desire you. You are wanted. How do these two truths affect your relationship with Jesus?
Pastor Andy affirmed the idea that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. If we are to know Jesus and make him known, what does that mean about the time we should be spending with him? How do we do that?
Making Jesus known consists both of living with gospel intentionality and speaking with gospel intentionality. Most of us tend to be more comfortable with one of those habits. Which one are more comfortable with and which do you need to grow in? How can we as a family (both physical families and gospel communities) help one another grow in these habits of gospel living?
God we are so thankful that you desire us. You want to have a relationship with us so much so that you gave your son to make it possible. We desire to know Jesus and to make him known. Help us to live and speak with gospel intentionality every day.
"Jesus We Love You"
The pattern of discipleship:
Jesus calls disciples.
Jesus coaches disciples.
The call of Jesus defines and shapes our lives as disciples. What shapes your life right now? What is at the core of your identity? Is it "follower of Jesus"? What's the lens through which you make decisions? What else is shaping your life besides your identity as a disciple?
Throughout the gospels we see Jesus calling people to follow him and calling them away from their current pursuits. Some of the things Jesus calls people away from are even good things! What things might you have to walk away from or lay down to follow Jesus and live as his disciple?
The pattern for making disciples is, "follow me as I follow Jesus". This means that we are being coached in the gospel and coaching others in the gospel. Who is pouring into you and who are you pouring into for the sake of knowing Jesus and making him known?
Jesus we praise you as our King and recognize the calling you have given us to follow you. We recognize our weakness and inability to live as you have called us but are thankful that we have been given the Spirit to empower us as we live. We thank you for the gift of community and the blessing of relationships where we can pour into each others lives. Help us to press into community as we seek to live on gospel mission.
"A Song Of God"
The pattern of discipleship:
Jesus collects disciples.
Jesus said, "As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you." Do you understand yourself as sent by Jesus to live on mission to your friends, co-workers and neighbors?
Gospel community is vitally important when doing the work of evangelism. It provides people the opportunity to see the truths of the gospel lived out in tangible ways. Have you connected the people you are sharing Jesus with to the life of your gospel community? If not, how can you accomplish that?
If we look at the rhythms of Jesus' ministry, we see a consistent rhythm of work and rest. If you examined your rhythms, would you find that you lean more towards overworking or unhealthy amounts of rest? Is there a balance in your life?
God we thank you for giving us new identities as missionaries, for giving us the ministry of reconciliation; that we can to tell people about what you have done to save us. We pray that you would give us boldness as we are sent into the world to advance your kingdom. We ask that you would help us develop healthy rhythms of rest, that we would rest in the assurance we have in Jesus and that we would work out of the strength you provide.
"Redeemed To Redeem"
Austin Stone Worship