02 May Discussion Guide: How To Follow Jesus Christ Week 5
Before We Get Started
For our discussion today we will be using the sermon series discussion guides. If you would like to follow along you can access this discussion guide on the website at mosaicchurchaustin.com and then select “community group resources” in the menu options.
Because the main goal of our time together is to establish relationships and learn how to walk with one another in all that God has called us to be and do, we’d like to begin by praying for one another. So, does anyone have anything you’d like us to pray for, or anything to share regarding how you’ve seen God moving in your life that we can celebrate together.
This Week’s Topic
This week we continue our new sermon series that will focus on what discipleship looks like through the lens of the life of the Apostle Peter. The series is titled How to Follow Jesus Christ. Over the the course of this series we will be discussing who it is that God has called us to be as Christians, the motivation behind that calling, and what that calling looks like when lived out in our every day lives.
On the Mountain Top
What is the most impactful “God-moment” you’ve ever experienced?
“And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother (fishermen); Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.”
What kind of people did Jesus call to follow Him in discipleship?
How did following Jesus alongside one another impact the way those first disciples related to one another? And how was that different from the way they related to one another before Jesus called them to walk together?
Jesus called uneducated fishermen to walk with well educated students of Torah. He called zealots to walk alongside of tax-collectors who had betrayed their own people. He called former prostitutes to walk alongside those who saw them as unclean harlots. In the midst of all of that diversity and potential, and very real, offense this group of outcasts learned to become brothers and sisters, family, who were willing to lay down their lives for one another. The only thing powerful enough to overcome all that prejudice was the love of Jesus and the mission to which He had called them all to follow Him in.
“We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God. God will be constantly crossing our paths and canceling our plans by sending us people with claims and petitions.”
Why do you think God calls us to belong to, and walk alongside of, others as we follow Jesus?
How has God used people, maybe even people you would have never chosen to be with, to help you experience and know Him more deeply?
What is required of us to stay connected, and continually walk alongside of others in our pursuit of Jesus?
What are some things that threaten to tear apart that kind of unity?
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”
Jesus continually commands us to love one another. So then, what options do we have when it comes to obeying Jesus’ commands and belonging to the people He calls us to belong to?
How does remembering God’s story, the Gospel, and more specifically the way Christ has loved you, enable you to walk in obedience to Jesus’ command?
This question is meant to be more of a personal reflection, but if you want to answer verbally then feel free to do so.
If you would say Jesus is worthy of your commitment and devotion to love His people with the same love that He has loved you with, then what, if anything, might need to change in the way you interact with, our pursue, the people He has called you to walk with?