The PDF packet provided here has over 50 pages of scripture by topics related to discipleship. Please read it together in your small group while sharing different translations to better understand how we may increase in God and grow as disciples of God.
Discussions ought to focus on insight for spiritual growth. We ought to seek out solutions for ourselves. We ought to speak for ourselves only. Our thoughts and comments ought to focus toward how we each individually can improve toward God’s character. (inductive study style)
Part one - understanding the common message (when something gets repeated it raises its importance or significance)
Part two - what can we take away from the message for us (If we are learners/disciples of God, then shouldn't we read the message as if God was teaching us how to live, think, follow, and shape our attitudes?)
Disciples don't just read the word, but do what it says: (confess, repent, obey, follow, learn, grow, etc.)
3101 mathētḗs (from math-, the "mental effort needed to think something through") – properly, a learner; a disciple, a follower of Christ who learns the doctrines of Scripture and the lifestyle they require; someone catechized with proper instruction from the Bible with its necessary follow-through (life-applications). See also 3100 /mathēteúō ("to disciple").
1. Disciples will study the bible and put it into practice to know it within the heart, mind, and soul.
Isaiah 8:16 Bind up the testimony, Seal the law among my disciples.
John 8:31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
2. Disciples will sacrifice themselves to become more like Christ
Luke 14:27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
Luke 14:33 So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.
Luke 6:40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.
Mark 8:33 But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, “Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
Matthew 10:24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.
3. Disciples will work together in unity to grow in the likeness of God.
Acts 14:22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”
John 13:35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Matthew 11:2 And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples
John 15:8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,