Discipleship in action
Two thousand years ago, Jesus walked up to a handful of men and said, “Follow me.” They left everything to follow Jesus. They were disciples of Jesus. They listened to His teachings, saw His miracles and observed how he interacted with others – those who were poor and those who were powerful. They experienced Jesus.
As followers of Jesus, they were considered disciples of Jesus.
The word disciple refers to a student or apprentice. Disciples in Jesus’s day would follow their rabbi (which means teacher) wherever he went, learning from the rabbi’s teaching and being trained to do as the rabbi did. Basically, a disciple is a follower, but only if we take the term follower literally. Becoming a disciple of Jesus is as simple as obeying His call to follow. (Multiply – disciples making disciples – Francis Chan 2012)
Discipleship in action –is meant to emulate that act of following Jesus, learning from him, hearing His teaching and experiencing His impact in the world around you. This series is called Discipleship in Action and starts with the scripture mentioned below – Matthew 4: 18-20.
Simon and Andrew were fishermen busy with their nets , when Jesus said to them “Follow me” They left everything: their families, their work, their livelihood to follow Jesus.
1. What do you think they left behind, and why do you think they just left everything?
2. In order to follow Jesus, is it necessary to leave everything behind?
3. If Jesus said ‘follow me’, what would you have to leave behind?
4. What do you think it means to follow Jesus?
WHY WOULD YOU FOLLOW JESUS?
The New Testament starts with the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke & John. Each Gospel provides a different perspective of the Life of Jesus. It is helpful sometimes to read the same story in each of the Gospels to provide a more expansive meaning. For example read go Luke 5:1-11 and compare it to Matthew 4:18-22.
How do the 2 stories compare?