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The Revolutionary Disciple: Week 2

The Revolutionary Disciple: Week 2

The Abide sphere – where it comes from 

  • Paul is speaking to the church as a whole –individual and corporate
  • God provided a way for us to have relationship with Himself – He provided Christ – what He did made a way for us
  • God provided a way to be in relationship with Himself through Christ
  • We are in Christ when we believe Vs 13
  • Remaining there which is our continual choice
  • The book of Ephesians reveals this. Ephesians 1:1–14 (NIV)

Paul is describing what Jesus had already said: John 15:1–15 (NIV)

God wants us to abide in Him and we humbly say yes, but what is abiding for believers?

 

Through prayer, reading scripture and journaling, worship, and time with other believers I …..

1.  Reflect on who God is – and who His Son Jesus is –His identity –and what He has done and promise He will do

    1. His power
    2. His knowledge –foreknowledge
    3. His plan
    4. His love for us and has blessed us in the heavenly realms –spiritual eternal realm

2. Reflecting on and believing what He says about me

    1. I am known
    2. I am chosen –
    3. I am included in Gods plan and purpose
    4. I am a child of God
    5. I am forgiven –redeemed

Matthew 6:25–26 (NIV)    Matthew 10:29–31 (NIV)

3. Abiding expresses itself in obedience

  • John 15:10
  • We obey Him even when things get tough – He allows pruning
  • When we abide it leads to us seeing things differently
  • We see the real problem and solutions
  • We see how God sees others
  • We are reminded that if Jesus is with us then He controls the wind and the waves

4. Abiding gives me direction and strength which enables me to react differently

  • Back to abiding in John 15

Luke 8:22–25 (NIV) — 22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. 24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

 

Next steps: Start an abiding relationship with Jesus – practically

  1. A quiet time with the Lord –journal (listening reading)
  2. Start it in the morning – the way it looks for me –agree that you cannot bear fruit of the faith without being plugged into the vine –in the morning
  3. Allow others to play the part they were called on to play – encouraging and admonishing

Hebrews 3:12–13 (NIV) — 12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

 

For discussion with your small group, family and friends. 

Ice Breaker suggestion: You are going on a long trip – two to three months, besides family and pets, what or who do you take with you?

Passages: Matthew 4:18-22; Isaiah 40:21-29: Ephesians 1:3-11.

 

Questions to discuss: 

  1. Share from the sermon something that was thought-provoking.
  2. Read Matthew 4:18-22. What did it take for Peter, Andrew, James, and John to follow Jesus? A) Name some different areas of their lives impacted by their relationship with Jesus. B) What changes may have taken place in their life as they walked with Jesus?
  3. How would you describe who God is to a curious friend? A) Take a look at Isaiah 40:21-29. How does this passage describe God?  What is significant to you from this passage? B) How does your view of who God is compare to this?
  4. Read Ephesians 1:3-11.  Look for what God has done for us and who we are in relationship with Christ.  What do you discover? A) In what ways does being in relationship with Jesus impact your identity – who you are?
  5. Abiding or remaining is a term for relational connection. How do you nurture a life-giving connection with Jesus?  What rhythms and practices help you? What can be challenges?
  6. How is following Jesus impacting your life in this season?  A) How does being in relationship with Jesus require humility for you?

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