Lesson for April 25th, 2015
The Call to Discipleship
Jesus calls us to follow Him and become His disciples. Being a disciple energizes the spirit, challenges the mind, and demands our utmost in our relationship with God and our fellowmen.
Two wooden beams, several spikes, a hammer, several magazines, scissors, glue, two sheets of poster board, markers
Connecting with the Scripture Topic
Jesus calls all of us to follow Him and be part of His kingdom work. Talk about when you first felt called to follow Jesus. Why did you follow?
- People who follow Jesus are called disciples and/or Christians. Christians are to be Christ-like. Name some qualities a Christian will exhibit when he or she is following Jesus.
Sharing and Receiving Scripture
The words “discipline” and “disciple” have much in common. What discipline does it take to be a disciple of Jesus?
- Thought Questions
Read Luke 5:1-11. Jesus calls Simon, James, and John to follow Him. He tells them not to be afraid. What fears keep us from following Jesus today?
- We may be afraid of what others may think.
- We may be afraid we don’t know what to do or how to do it.
- We may be afraid we aren’t financially able to follow Jesus.
- We may be afraid God will ask us to do crazy things.
- We may be afraid we won’t like Jesus after a while.
Read Luke 6:12-16. Jesus consults with God and chooses the 12 disciples. What qualities do you think Jesus was looking for in a disciple?
- A disciple must be willing to follow.
- A disciple must be willing to take risks.
- A disciple must be available when God calls.
- A disciple must love God.
- A disciple must love people.
Read Luke 10:1-24. Jesus sends 70 disciples on a special mission and gives them specific instructions on what to do and what to say. How do these instructions apply to us today?
- We are still telling others about God’s kingdom.
- We are still trusting God to provide the resources we need.
- We are still to move on when people don’t want to hear our message.
- We are still to pray for more workers for the abundant harvest.
- We are still more powerful than the demons.
Read Luke 9:23-26. Jesus says we are to deny ourselves and take up our cross daily and follow Him. What does it mean to take up our cross?
- The cross reminds us of who purchased us.
- The cross reminds us of whom we live for.
- The cross reminds us that we live in a hostile environment.
- The cross reminds us that God wants no one to be lost.
- The cross reminds us of our primary purpose each day.
Applying the Message of Scripture
Gather in groups of two or three. Choose one of the following options and work on a solution. Then report back to your group when your facilitator says time is up.
- Option 1: Look through the magazines and cut out sayings that suggest what a disciple is and does. Glue these on the poster board and be ready to share why you chose these sayings.
- Option 2: Think of five people in your church who are obvious examples of Jesus’ disciples. Write their names on a sheet of posterboard. Under each name, list the qualities that indicate he or she is following Jesus. Share with the group how these qualities are part of being a true disciple and the impact they have on others for God’s kingdom.
- Option 3: Using the wooden beams, spikes, and hammer, build a cross. Plan a parade or event that you will take the cross to and carry it. Have your group decide what message you want to give through this endeavor and how you will accomplish it.
Valuing Scripture in Your Life
- Partner with two other people and think about what means to be a disciple of Jesus. Share what has been easy and what has been challenging. Take time to pray over each other’s challenges.
- Think of the church you fellowship in. It is filled with disciples whom Jesus has called and instructed to follow Him. What things is the body (the disciples) doing well and what things need to be changed?