Growth Group Study Guide
Re-Evaluate Your Life
POINT 1: The call to discipleship is to "Come"
POINT 2: The path of discipleship is to "Follow"
POINT 3: The mindset of discipleship is to "Serve"
Choose questions to get your group thinking and create openness:
- Begin your discussion with highlights from this Sunday’s sermon? What something that stood out to you? Share what you learned and how will it impact your life?
- What questions did this Sunday’s message raise? Share them in the group and offer your answers to each other’s questions.
Read Luke 9:57-62. What might be the personal implications of the price—the cost for us as believers in being followers of Jesus Christ in regards to: making Jesus Christ the first love of our lives, the cost of unconditionally loving others, even loving our enemies, the cost of personal sacrifice as well as sacrificing together with others?
Why is it worth paying the price—the cost of commitment to following Jesus Christ?
Read Mark 10:44-45. What does it mean, and what are the implications for us as believers to “be slave of all”? What does this say to us about any desire we might have for others to serve us in some way?
Read John 21:15-17. Twice, Jesus asked Peter: “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?” What do you think that it means for us to love the Lord with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength? In what ways will this require us to be self-sacrificial in our commitment to following Jesus?
Jesus asked Peter: “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these.” The word that Jesus used for “these” can mean “people” or “things.” If we are going to be a committed follower of Jesus Christ, we must make a choice of loving Jesus Christ more than any other thing or any other person. How, or in what ways, might this kind of commitment cost us personally?
After confronting and challenging Peter in regards to his self-sacrificial commitment to following Him, Jesus said to Peter: “Feed my lambs . . . Take care of my sheep . . . Feed my sheep” (NIV, John 21: 15; 16; 17). In other words, a commitment to following Jesus Christ will mean a commitment to sacrificially serving others. What do you think it means for us to sacrificially lay down our lives for the sake of others? What might the practical implications be for you, as a committed follower of Jesus Christ, to sacrificially serve others?
Pray for one another in your Growth Group that you will be a faithful and committed follower of Jesus Christ.
Take 10-15 minutes
to share in your group some of the insight you have learned from your recent Life Journal Readings. For reference, here are this week's passages.
Life Journal Readings
- August 12 (Day 225) - Jeremiah 13; Jeremiah 14; Jeremiah 15; John 15
- August 13 (Day 226) - Jeremiah 16; Jeremiah 17; Psalms 96; John 16
- August 14 (Day 227) - Jeremiah 18; Jeremiah 19; Jeremiah 20; Psalms 93; John 17
- August 15 (Day 228) - 2 Kings 24; Jeremiah 22; Psalms 112; John 18
- August 16 (Day 229) - Jeremiah 23; Jeremiah 24; Jeremiah 25; John 19
- August 17 (Day 230) - Jeremiah 26; Jeremiah 35; Jeremiah 36; John 20
- August 18 (Day 231) - Jeremiah 45; Jeremiah 46; Jeremiah 47; Psalms 105; John 21
- August 19 (Day 232) - Jeremiah 48; Jeremiah 49; Psalms 67; 1 John 1
- August 20 (Day 233) - Jeremiah 21; Jeremiah 27; Psalms 118; 1 John 2
- August 21 (Day 234) - Jeremiah 28; Jeremiah 29; Jeremiah 30; 1 John 3
- August 22 (Day 235) - Jeremiah 31; Jeremiah 32; 1 John 4
Lamentations 3:40 MSG