In Matthew 4:19, Jesus says, “Follow Me.” This is a command that demands all of life. Being a disciple of Jesus is not another thing we do in life in addition to our working, playing, and living. The call to “follow Me” consumes all of life; we follow him into our working, playing, and living. Discipleship is an "all of life" calling, but living a life fully submitted to the empowering presence and Lordship of Jesus is not something we are capable of doing on our own. This is why immediately after Jesus says, "Follow Me," He says, “and I will make you fishers of men.” In order for discipleship to be a priority for us and to live all of life with gospel intentionality, we need the empowering presence of Jesus.
As disciples, we express our dependency on God through regular time in the word and in prayer. These two practices are essential if we are to continually be filled with the empowering presence of Jesus and willingly submit to his Lordship. They are essential both as a personal practice and as a missional community practice. Growing as a disciple is not an individualistic activity. The very nature of being a disciple and discipleship involves other people.
“Speaking truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” (Ephesians 4:15-16)
Last week, my focus was on prayer. This week, my focus is on the bible. Below are some helpful tools.
- Listen - Bible: The Disciple and Discipleship (audio)
- Read – Bible: The Disciple and Discipleship (unedited notes)
- Bible Journaling Guide
- A Bible Reading Plan
- Read through the Bible in a year (15-20 min a day)
As missional communities, we are committed to growing as disciples and making disciples. Let us, then, encourage and help one another establish healthy prayer and bible study habits. Let us hold one another accountable by asking good questions about what Jesus is teaching us and how he has asked us to obey. Let each of our missional communities create space to develop and deepen these two practices. Discipleship and mission are a community endeavor.
MC Discussion Questions:
- How have you precieved God's Word in terms of its authority? Does ti have authority over you or do you have authority over it?
- When is the last time have you experienced God's Word doing the work of teaching, reproofing, correcting, and training in righrouness in your heart? Have you ever, or when was the last time, as an MC, have you experience this?
- What are you going to do as an MC and individual to grow in really knowing your Bible this year?
Increasingly submitting to Jesus,