• Matt Beaney

#219 – LEARN FROM JESUS (22/10/20


A Learner is a good definition of a disciple. Let’s remember, we use God’s word in order to know and experience God, it’s not an end in itself!

To be a disciple - to learn to live like Jesus - is impossible without devotion to truth. The first disciples soon came to realise that a lot of what He did was to teach them. It’s no surprise that this culture also continued in the church after Jesus sent His Spirit as, ‘They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.’ (Acts 2:42). Jesus had promised that the Holy Spirit would, “teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:26). Any true encounter with the Spirit leads to a devotion to learning from Jesus. May we do what the Father encouraged those first disciples,

‘While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”’ (Matthew 17:5)

Please read Matthew 5:1-2; 7:24-29 and consider:

Jesus was often called a teacher because of the way that He discipled people. How do you currently take in God’s word and is there anything that you think that Jesus would want you to change in this regard?


What do these verses teach about the rewards and warnings in regard to learning?


All of scripture is Jesus’ words. What does this psalm 19:7-11 teach about God’s word and our attitude to it?


What does Hebrews 5:12 teach us about how our effectiveness as disciple-makers is effected by our attitude to God’s word?


To memorise this week: Matthew 28:19-20

‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

COMMUNITY GROUP STUDY - WHAT IS A DISCIPLE?


Notices

It might be good to begin with notices. Please share from this week’s Church News.


Suggested opener/Ice-breaker

Who was your most memorable teacher at school and why?


Introduction - please share in your group

This week we began a series on discipleship based upon The Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20. Let's begin by reading this (this is also our memory verse for this week).

‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

What is a disciple? a good answer is 'A DISCIPLE IS LEARNING TO LIVE LIKE JESUS'. A Christian is to learn from Jesus (principally through His word) and live like Jesus in applying what we learn in everyday life and relationships.


Jesus chose His first disciples and He also chooses us to know Him and learn from Him. This is such a privilege - you have been handpicked to be a pupil of Jesus! However, we are also to choose Jesus - choose to listen and choose to apply what He teaches us.


In application, we were encouraged to be committed to our Community Group where we will seek to grow as disciples together.



IN SMALLER GROUPS

1. To start, ask the group to share what struck them or something that God spoke to them about from Sunday's message.

2. Read this week’s main text (Matthew 4:18-23) and discuss:

i) What does this say about Jesus?

ii) What are the various ways that one could respond to this?

iii) Is there anything, specifically, that Jesus is speaking to you about?

3. Pray for one another





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