Be sure to listen to the podcast while going through the study
Synopsis: What is a disciple? The word appears around 200 times in the NIV bible, Christian only a few times. It’s not some special elite person following God; it’s the basic everyday person who is saved.
Acts 11:25-26 – the people of God, the disciples were called Christians first here. It was more of an insult than a form of praise.
- The Church movement was called “the Way” – Acts 9:2, 19:9, 19:23, 22:4, 24:14, 24:22
John 8:31-32 – Hold to the word, abide in the word
Mark 1:16-20 – Fishers of men, they left immediately and followed Jesus
Matthew 28:18-20 – The Great Commission, seek and save the lost.
Luke 9:23-26 – If anyone chooses to follow Jesus they must be willing to take up their own cross daily to follow.
- Additional passage: Luke 9:57-62 – Must understand the cost and having a sense of where your priorities are.
Luke 14:25-33 – Part of knowing your priorities means knowing that God desires to be first. Your love for him must be so great that it precedes love for anything else, including your own life.
How to Use This Study
What is a Discipleship/Christian – is there difference between the two?
- The word itself in scripture as opposed to the common name of Christian today
- Disciple over 200 times (NIV translation)
- Christian only 3 times
- Are disciples better or more special than Christians, NO – they are the same
- Discuss a little Church history: called “the Way” as a movement (under Acts 11 scripture)
- Go over the scriptures and notes under each scripture
Close the study:
- Help the individual make decisions to follow Jesus as he expected, come what may.
- Help them create a list of who to begin sharing with and reaching out to
- Give them some invitation cards, or help create ones
- Eventually share your own changes with conviction and the churches growth and change with this same conviction
Suggestion: Get a copy of the book “Radical” by David Platt OR “not a fan.” by Kyle Idleman