I – The Doctrine of Following Jesus

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The doctrine of Lordship is about what it means to follow Christ.  A Christian is by definition a follower of Christ.  This is simply another way of saying that Christ is our leader, our master, and our Lord.  After all, the basic definition of the Kingdom of God is where God is King.  So, what does it mean to make God King and Lord?  Moreover, what about love; is Christianity simply a matter of obedience and duty?  Jesus always defines our relationship with God in terms of faith and love.  How exactly does that work?  How does it play out in our lives?  What happens when he is our God and we are his people?  What are the blessings that come from living in a faith and love relationship with God?  What are the requirements?  What happens when our hearts turn from God?  How does God respond to our faith, love and commitment towards him?


Key Scriptures

Key Scriptures are designed to give a biblical overview of the topic in question.  They are extremely valuable for gaining an immediate general understanding of what the Bible teaches on a given subject.  Key Scriptures are the first place you should explore when starting a new subject.  They can be discussed individually, in part, or in whole.  Generic inductive Bible study questions are provided to assist you in your discussion.  Key Scriptures are also good for memorizing and reference.

God is creator

Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. NIV

Colossians 1:16-17 – For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. NIV

John 1:1-4 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  In him was life, and that life was the light of men. NIV

God is sovereign

Psalm 24:1 – The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.

Romans 11:36 – For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. NIV

Romans 14:8 – If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. NIV

See also 2 Chronicles 20:6, Revelation 19:6-7

God desires relationship

Ezekiel 36:27-28 – And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be my people, and I will be your God. NIV

Jeremiah 30:22 – So you will be my people, and I will be your God. NIV

Revelation 21:3 – They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. NIV

Love for God

John 14:15 – If you love me, you will obey what I command. NIV

John 14:23 – Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” NIV

See also Ephesians 6:24 & 1 Peter 1:8-9

God’s providence towards those who love Him

Deuteronomy 7:9 – Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands. NIV

Psalm 145:20 – The LORD watches over all who love him. NIV

Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. NIV

1 Corinthians 2:9 – “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him. NIV

See also James 2:5

God desires love and service

Mark 1:17 – Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men. NIV

Acts 1:8 – But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. NIV

Psalm 96:3 – Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. NIV

John 13:35 – By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. NIV

1 Peter 4:10 – Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. NIV

Inductive Bible Study Questions

to be used with individual Key Scriptures

  • What is the primary point of this passage?
  • How does this passage challenge us?
  • How does this passage comfort or encourage us?
  • What does this passage teach us about God?
  • What spiritual insights are found in this passage?
  • What are the personal & spiritual implications of this text?
  • What does this passage ask or require of us?

Key Scriptures Bible Study

to be used when studying all Key Scriptures together

  • Did any of the scriptures given surprise you? Explain
  • Did any of the scriptures given confuse you? Explain
  • Did any of the scriptures given comfort or excite you?
  • How would you sum up these scriptures to another?
  • What implications do these scriptures have for our lives?
  • Which of these scriptures would you find it valuable to memorize?


God is Sovereign

I1 – The Everlasting God– 1 Chronicles 29: 10-13

Key Words: Following Jesus, God’s Sovereignty, Kingdom of God, Lordship

  1. What qualities of God are expressed in this passage?
  2. What does it mean that God is everlasting to everlasting?
  3. Why is the article ‘the’ placed before each of the qualities of God listed in verse 11?
  4. What kingdom is verse 12 referring to?
  5. Is this kingdom limited to Israel, or is there evidence in the text that David is referring to a much larger kingdom?
  6. Is this kingdom in effect synonymous with the sovereignty of God?
  7. What other ideas in this text support the sovereignty of God?
  8. What should be our response to the sovereignty of God?
  9. How do some resist the sovereignty or rule of God?
  10. Why do some resist the sovereignty or rule of God?
  11. What happens when we resist God’s lordship or rule in our lives and world?
  • Approach God’s Word with humility, honesty and teachability
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I2 – Rule, Authority and Dominion – Ephesians 1: 15-22

Key Words: Following Jesus, Spiritual Authority, Resurrection, Hope, Lordship

  1. What concept does Paul pray the Ephesians to grasp in this text?
  2. What hope is verse 18 referring to?
  3. What is our inheritance?
  4. How is this hope and inheritance secured?
  5. Why is the resurrection of Christ an important proof of God’s power to secure our hope?
  6. What does it mean to sit at the right hand of a ruler?
  7. Is there significance to the Son sitting at the right hand of the Father?
  8. What is dominion?
  9. What rule, authority, power and dominion is Paul referring to?
  10. Do you suppose the word ‘all’ in verse 21 refers to earthly powers, heavenly powers, or both?
  11. Restate the idea of verse 21 in today’s language.
  12. What exactly is under the feet of Christ?
  13. What does it mean that he is the head of the church?
  14. Who controls the church? Who has ultimate authority in the lives of believers and non-believers alike?
  15. To whom are all people accountable?
  16. Many people today seem to believe that truth and worldview are relative, whatever works for you; how does this passage counter that belief?
  • Approach all scripture prayerfully open
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God Desires Relationship

I3 – You will be My People – Genesis 17: 1-8

Key Words: Following Jesus, God’s People, Relationship with God, Covenant, Church, God’s Love

  1. What event is being revealed in this passage?
  2. What covenant is God referring to (see Genesis 12: 2-3)?
  3. No less than seventeen times in the Old Testament God tells the people of Israel, ‘I will be your God and you will be my people.’ Is there evidence of this sentiment in this covenant?
  4. What does God desire from Abraham in these verses and the ones in chapter 12?
  5. How does God say he will bless Abraham?
  6. Is there evidence of this sentiment in the Garden of Eden?
  7. Is there evidence of this sentiment regarding the New Testament church (see Hebrews 8; Revelation 21:3)?
  8. What does this say about what God desires from people?
  9. What does this say about how God desires to bless all people?
  10. Does it seem strange to you that a holy and sovereign God desires an authentic relationship with his creation?
  • These questions are only suggestions, allow the Holy Spirit to be your guide
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I4 – I will be Your God – Hebrews 8

Key Words: Following Jesus, God’s People, Creation, Covenant, Sovereignty, Lordship

  1. Which statement in verse 10 could easily be called the macro theme of the Bible or God’s purpose for his creation?
  2. This passage is a quote from the Old Testament, how do we know this is speaking of the church in the New Testament?
  3. The writer of Hebrews is quoting the covenant with Abraham, what was the nature of that covenant?
  4. What point is the writer making regarding the old and new covenants?
  5. How does the new covenant through our relationship with Christ surpass the old covenant in expressing ‘I will be your God and you will be my people?’
  6. Which of the following ideas do you believe are expressed in the sentiment, ‘I will be your God:’ love, care, providence, security, authority, rule, and blessing?
  7. Which of the following ideas do you believe are expressed in the statement, ‘You will be my people:’ love, trust, accountability, dependence, worship, joy, purpose, and mission?
  • These questions are simply a foundation for you to build upon
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Our Response to God

I5 – To See the Living God – Isaiah 6: 1-8

Key Words: Following Jesus, Lordship, Reverence, Repentance, Joy, Worship, Angels

  1. What adjectives would you use to describe Isaiah’s vision?
  2. Describe the throne upon which God sits?
  3. What did a royal robe signify in ancient times?
  4. What might it mean that the train of his robe filled the temple?
  5. How would you respond to the angels described in verse 2-4?
  6. Describe why such beings would impress you?
  7. How powerful are the voices of these angels?
  8. What is the effect of these angels and their message on those assembled in the throne room of God?
  9. What does it reveal about God that his servants are so wonderful and powerful?
  10. What is the effect of this scene on Isaiah? How are the following emotions reflected in Isaiah’s actions: awe, worship, reverence, conviction, repentance, submission, obedience, and joy?
  11. Why are these natural responses to the presence of God?
  12. Can you imagine meeting God face to face and not experiencing all of these responses?
  • Create your own study by adding and subtracting questions as needed
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I6 – The Joy of the Kingdom – Matthew 13: 44– 46

Key Words: Following Jesus, Lordship, Joy, Spiritual Life, Love

  1. What is the kingdom of heaven (see Matthew 6:10)?
  2. How are the following concepts included in the scope of the kingdom: covenant (I will be your God, you will be my people), the gospel (Christ died to rescue us from sin and death), and a personal relationship with God (Jesus as Savior, Lord and Friend)?
  3. What is the natural response towards the kingdom when someone completely understands what is being offered?
  4. How does understanding the kingdom completely change our worldview? …our values?  …our priorities?  …our will?
  5. What motivates people to joyfully lay everything down and give up all for God?
  6. What does the word ‘joy’ in verse 44 reveal about the nature of Lordship or giving our all to Christ?
  • Your questions are probably better than mine
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I7 – The Great Commandment – Matthew 22: 34-40

Key Words: Following Jesus, Love, Law, Spirituality, Duty

  1. The Pharisees are pressing Jesus regarding the nature of their duty or obligation towards God, how does Jesus turn their question on its head?
  2. What is Jesus saying about spirituality when he redefines our relationship to God as one of love rather than duty?
  3. Why is duty and law often easier than love?
  4. Why is love so risky?
  5. What do we hold back from God when our relationship with him is simply a matter of following rules?
  6. What do we hold back from God when our relationship with him is one of love?
  7. Why does Jesus say elsewhere, “If you love me, you will obey my commands?”
  8. Respond to the following statements, ‘The first order in following Christ is to fall deeply in love with him.’ ‘If you don’t love him, you cannot truly follow him?’
  • Interrogatives are keys that unlock wonderful secrets 
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Dying to Self; Living for Christ

I8 – Carrying Our Cross – Matthew 16: 24-26

Key Words: Following Jesus, Lordship, Spiritual Life, Self, Self-Denial, Dying to Self

  1. This teaching was given prior to Jesus going to the cross (Thus, it has no religious significance at this time), what images then would the followers of Jesus have when he mentions the cross?
  2. In what way is this passage a foretaste, a spiritual insight and a primary value of the kingdom?
  3. What does it mean to carry our cross?
  4. Why is it important to deny ourselves in the Christian life?
  5. What happens to us spiritually when we follow or live for self?
  6. What happens when we follow or live for Christ? In which master do we find life, love, peace, grace, mercy and blessing?
  7. What effect does following or living for self have on our souls?
  8. What effect does following Christ have on our souls?
  9. Why is denying self to Christ lead to saving and enhancing our lives?
  • Be like a detective who interrogates scripture 
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I9 – Dying to Live – John 12: 23-28

Key Words: Following Jesus, Lordship, Self, Self-Denial, Dying to Self, Spiritual Life, Cross

  1. What event is Jesus speaking of in verses 23-24?
  2. How does this explain Christ’s motivation in going to the cross?
  3. Why is Christ willing to lay down his life and die?
  4. How does this act result in Christ being glorified?
  5. What does this reveal about the values of the kingdom?
  6. What does this reveal about the king of the kingdom?
  7. In what way are we called to emulate Christ as we follow him?
  8. What does Jesus mean by the phrases, “loves his life,’ and ‘hates his life?’
  9. How do we know Jesus is speaking of following him?
  10. Explain the paradox of Christianity as some have labeled verse 25?
  11. Do you agree with the text that dying to self leads to a better, richer and eternal life?
  • The insight is found in scripture; questions are simply tools to mine the ore
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I10 – New Creations – 2 Corinthians 5:17

Key Words: Following Jesus, Lordship, New Creations, Spiritual Life, Self-Denial

  1. According to the text, what causes us to be a new creation?
  2. What insight does verse 15 give regarding the context of the statement, ‘the old is gone?’
  3. What insight does Romans 6 give regarding the meaning of this passage?
  4. Why is the old a negative force in our lives?
  5. What is the new that has come?
  6. Does verse 21 give insight into this idea?
  7. What does this teach us about approaching life like the world: according to our old thoughts, attitudes, opinions, patterns, habits, sins, and lifestyles?
  8. What does this passage teach us regarding the source and direction of our new thoughts, attitudes, opinions, patterns, habits, sins, and lifestyles?
  9. How and why is this passage an encouraging and uplifting idea?
  10. In what ways do you long to be new?
  • Follow the lines of curiosity 
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I11 – Living Sacrifices – Romans 12: 1-2

Key Words: Following Jesus, Lordship, Spirituality, Self-Denial, Dying to Self, Renewal, Spiritual Life

  1. What was the purpose for sacrifices in the Old Testament?
  2. What did sacrifices accomplish? What does Paul mean by being a living sacrifice?
  3. How does this image represent a huge shift in spiritual understanding and practice from the Old Testament to the New Testament?
  4. How does Paul describe the implications of being a living sacrifice in verse 2?
  5. What is the pattern of this world? How do people in this world generally view God?  …life? …happiness? …autonomy? …self ?  …rights?
  6. How are we as followers of Christ to view such things?
  7. How do we shift from one mindset to the other?
  8. What are practical ways to renew our minds? What is the result of renewing our minds?
  • Group leaders may wish to consult a commentary for background information 
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I12- Out with the Old; In with the New – Ephesians: 4: 20-24

Key Words: Following Jesus, Lordship, New Creations, Spirituality, Righteousness, Self-Denial, Discipleship

  1. How does Paul describe discipleship in the Ephesian church?
  2. Paul is writing to a group of Christians, mostly new Christians; so he is using “your former way of life” in general terms… what does he mean by that?
  3. What is our way of life outside of Christ?
  4. Who do we live for?
  5. Who directs our thoughts?
  6. Who determines our attitudes?
  7. Who decides on our actions?
  8. According to Paul, what is the problem of our old self?
  9. What is the solution to the old self?
  10. Why are most spiritual battles waged in our thought life?
  11. What do attitudes of the mind consist of: feelings, values, desires?
  12. How do we “put on” the new self?
  13. What are the qualities of the new self?
  14. If righteousness is defined as right relationships and holiness as godly character, what is Paul saying about spirituality in Christ?
  • Seek to connect the dots with other scriptures and Bible content 
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The Yoke of God

I13 – My Yoke is Easy – Matthew 11: 28-29

Key Words: Following Jesus, Law, Spirituality, Spiritual Life, Peace, Rest, Joy

  1. What is a yoke?
  2. In a spiritual context, what does a yoke represent?
  3. What kind of yoke were the listeners of Jesus under?
  4. Describe the religious experience of the people.
  5. How do we know that Jesus is speaking of following him in this passage?
  6. How do we know that Jesus is speaking of living by his teachings, values and commands?
  7. How does Jesus describe the burden of his teachings?
  8. Why does Jesus teach that his ways are lighter and easier than the religious requirements of his day?
  9. Do people today perceive or even find the Christian life to be difficult?
  10. Why the dichotomy for some people?
  11. Respond to the following statement: ‘if your Christianity does not bring you rest, peace, joy and love, then there is something wrong with your Christianity?’
  12. Why should following Christ result in rest, peace, joy and love?
  • There are no greater tools for effective Bible study than humility, honesty, and diligence
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God Desires We be Like Him

I14 – Transformed – 2 Corinthians 3: 12-18

Key Words: Following Jesus, Transformation, Covenant, Christlikeness

  1. Why does verse 12 say we are bold and what hope is Paul referring to?
  2. With what Old Testament event does Paul contrast our experience with?
  3. Why was the face of Moses glowing?
  4. Why did he place a veil over it (see Exodus 34: 33-35)?
  5. What is a veil and why can’t the Jews understand the true purpose and fulfillment of the Old Testament?
  6. How does Christ remove the veil of the old covenant?
  7. In the old covenant Moses saw God and reflected his glory, how does this work in Christ?
  8. What happens to us as we see and understand God through Christ?
  9. What is our transformation towards?
  10. What does it mean to be transformed into his likeness?
  11. Why does you suppose the more we see and understand Christ, the more we naturally become like him?
  • You are responsible for your level of engagement
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I15 – Conformed to His Likeness– Romans 8: 28-30

Key Words: Following Jesus, Transformation, Christlikeness, Salvation, God’s Will

  1. How involved is God in the lives of those who love him?
  2. How is verse 28 reflective of the relationship God desires to have with us?
  3. According to verse 29, what is God’s will for our lives?
  4. What is Jesus like?
  5. In what ways can and should we be like him?
  6. In what ways will we never be like him?
  7. Do you suppose that Paul is also speaking of the resurrection and glorification when saying we will be like him?
  8. According to this passage, how does God work out our salvation?
  9. How does he secure our salvation?
  10. What should be the natural result of our salvation?
  • Go beyond the obvious by avoiding “Yes” or “No” answers
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God Desires Love and Service

I16 – Living God’s Love– 1 John 4: 7-12

Key Words: Following Jesus, Love, God’s Love, Spirituality, Christlikeness, Service

  1. According to John, what is the height of spirituality?
  2. Why is loving others the foundation of authentic spirituality?
  3. How does this passage support the idea of true spirituality as Christlikeness?
  4. How does John say that God proved the depths of his love to us?
  5. Why was God’s sacrifice greater than any human sacrifice?
  6. Why were we not deserving of this sacrifice?
  7. According to verse 10, why is our sinfulness and unworthiness precisely why God sent his Son?
  8. Why should anyone who sincerely desires to follow God be willing to love and sacrifice for others?
  9. Why does love necessitate sacrifice on our part?
  10. How does sacrificial love demonstrate and validate God’s presence in our lives?
  • Sit and think before answering
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I17 – The Supremacy of Love – 1 Corinthians 13: 1-3

Key Words: Following Jesus, Love, Spirituality, Service, Truth, Faith

  1. According to this passage, what is the foundational ethic of Christian spirituality?
  2. What other spiritual virtues and qualities does Paul list in this passage?
  3. How do these stand up to love?
  4. Is Paul simply saying that love is superior to speaking for God, knowledge, faith and sacrifice, or is he saying that love is something different?
  5. How is love the key that unlocks these other virtues and gives them life and power?
  6. How often do these other virtues surpass love in the lives of believers today?
  7. How can we keep a right spiritual foundation and ensure that love is at the heart of all we do for God and others?
  • Think before answering
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I18 – Slaves to Righteousness – Romans 6:15-23

Key Words: Following Jesus, Righteousness, Sin, Fruits of Sin, Obedience

  1. What two spiritual pursuits does Paul contrast in this passage?
  2. According to the text, what are the marks of pursuing sin?
  3. What are the results of pursuing sin?
  4. How does Paul teach we move from being slaves to sin to being slaves of righteousness?
  5. If righteousness means right relationships, how does obedience lead to righteousness?
  6. If holiness means godly character, how does righteousness lead to holiness?
  7. How many times is the word righteousness used in this passage?
  8. What does this say about God’s desire for Christian spirituality?
  9. What other Bible teachings emphasize righteousness or right relationships?
  • Thoughtful silence is the soil of epiphany
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I19 –Generosity and Spirituality – 2 Corinthians 9:6-11

Key Words: Following Jesus, Generosity, Spirituality, Giving

  1. What virtue does Paul emphasize in this passage?
  2. Why is generosity a crucial mark of authentic spirituality?
  3. How is being generous like God?
  4. What other virtues are demonstrated and validated by genuine generosity?
  5. How does Paul say people should give?
  6. What does he teach happens in return when people give?
  7. How does verse 8 teach that our supply ultimately comes from God?
  8. How involved is God in the process of Christian generosity?
  9. List the ways this passage teaches God responds to our generosity?
  10. How does verse 11 teach that others will respond to our generosity?
  11. What does your current level of generosity reveal about your spirituality?
  •  Seek Nuance
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I20 – The Good Samaritan – Luke 10: 29-37

Key Words: Following Jesus, Love, Service, Spirituality, False Spirituality, Compassion

  1. What does this parable teach regarding authentic Christian spirituality?
  2. Who is our neighbor?
  3. Why did the priest and Levite pass by someone in need?
  4. The priest and Levite were assumed to be very religious, what religious perspective enabled them to pass the person in need by?
  5. What qualities in the Samaritan compelled him to get involved and help the person in need?
  6. How does the Samaritan reflect the virtues, qualities and actions of Christ?
  7. How do these qualities reflect the type of spirituality taught by Jesus and the New Testament?
  8. What does this passage teach about service, compassion, love and responsibility?
  • Be sure to explore all the resources for each doctrine, virtue, and practice
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I21 – Gifted for Service – Romans 12: 3-8

Key Words: Following Jesus, Spiritual Gifts, Service, Ministry

  1. According to this passage, what are spiritual gifts?
  2. Are these gifts earned… explain?
  3. How do the gifts work together?
  4. Why does God give different people different gifts?
  5. What does it say about every Christian’s responsibility to serve if every Christian receives a spiritual gift?
  6. Who are we supposed to serve?
  7. How are we supposed to serve?
  8. Who are the gifts ultimately for?
  9. Do you have any ideas regarding what your gifts might be?
  10. What implications do your gifts have regarding your ministry in God’s kingdom?
  • Remember there are other learning and scripture studies in the Growing Exercises section
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I22 – Making Disciples – Matthew 28: 18-20

Key Words: Following Jesus, Discipleship, Salvation, Christlikeness, Mission, Purpose, Evangelism

  1. What is a disciple? Must you be a disciple before you can make a disciple… explain?
  2. What does a follower of Jesus look like?
  3. What is the best way to help someone else be a disciple or follower of Jesus?
  4. Does this involve leading someone to forgiveness or salvation?
  5. How loving and compassionate is it to be able to influence someone and not share with them how to experience salvation?
  6. Is making disciples then only about leading someone to an initial relationship with God?
  7. What else is involved?
  8. Who is responsible for making disciples?
  9. Could the disciples who received the Great Commission (this passage is called the Great Commission) possibly have personally fulfilled it?
  10. What does that indicate about Christ’s intent for Christians today?
  11. How loving and compassionate is it to experience the wonderful treasures and blessings of authentic Christian love and spirituality and not pass them on to others?
  12. Is the concept of discipleship today consistent with the ideas in this passage… explain?
  13. What might it look like for you to naturally make disciples with your family and friends?
  • Remember there are additional studies in the Key Scriptures section
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  1. Examine the following passages and look for things that God claims in our lives?
  • 1 Corinthians 12: 4-7
  • Matthew 19: 16-26
  • Jonah 1: 1-2
  • Acts 13: 1-3
  • Genesis 22: 1-14
  • Matthew 10:37
  • John 10:18

How do expectations reflect the sovereignty of God?  How does our response reflect our view of God’s authority in our lives?  What would you be willing to give up for God?  What would you not be willing to give up for God?

  1. Research how many times the Bible says to love one another? Examine those teachings in their respective contexts and note the voice and imperative force.  What conclusions can you draw from this exercise regarding Christian spirituality?  Some Christians see a tension between the way of love and the way of obedience; do you think these passages teach that the way of love is the way of obedience?   Discuss these ideas with your coach.
  1. Identify the person in your life who you feel is the most Christ-like. Make an appointment to hang out with them: possibly over lunch or coffee.  Ask them to expound on the following questions.
  • During what times do you feel especially close to God?
  • What brings you the most joy in your Christian walk?
  • What lessons has God taught you about love and sacrifice?
  • What advice would you give to a new Christian about following Jesus?
  1. Identify a sacrificial way you can intentionally express Christ’s love through service or generosity. You may want to contact your church for assistance if you can’t think of anything.  Follow through on your act of service or generosity.  Discuss the following questions with your coach.
  • What did you do and what did it cost you?
  • How did what you do benefit others?
  • How did what you do glorify God?
  • How did what you do benefit yourself?
  • Who benefitted the most from this exercise?
  • Is it possible to truly sacrifice for God?


  1. Interview at least twenty people and ask them the following questions. The more people you ask, the better.


  • What is a Christian?
  • What does a good Christian look like?
  • Are you a Christian?


Write down their answers.  When finished, try your best to break the answers into natural categories.  How many people defined a Christian as having faith in Christ verses fulfilling religious obligations?  How many people indicated that good Christians are like Jesus?  How many people indicated that good Christians are something other than Christlikeness?  Were the answers different for Christians and non-Christians?  Summarize your results.  What did you learn?  Discuss learning with your coach.






  1. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  2. Knowing God by J. I. Packer
  3. The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
  4. The Divine Commodity by Skye Jethani
  5. Brand Jesus by Tyler Wigg Stevenson
  6. A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson
  7. Hinds Feet on High Places by Hanah Hurnard
  8. True Spirituality by Francis Schaeffer
  9. Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
  10. The Life You’ve Always Wanted by John Ortberg
  11. The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
  12. The Gospel According to Jesus by John MacArthur