Making Disciples

In Small Groups, we seek to grow as Christians, in the context of Christian community, by focusing on two categories: obeying God’s Word and doing God’s Mission.

God’s Word
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If it is fun to talk about our favorite restaurant and recommend people try it, what makes it so difficult to tell people about Jesus and tell them to believe in him?

God loves people. All of them. God loves every single solitary person. He made all of them. He made you. He made your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors. They were his ideas.

John 3:16 says that God loves the world so much that he sent Jesus to save those who believe in him. The way for anyone to believe in Jesus is for them to hear the good news of who he is and what he did by dying for our sins and rising from the dead.

Romans 10:14, “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?”

In order to make disciples, we have to tell people the gospel. So, if we know God loves us and everyone else, and we love God and we love others and want to tell them about Jesus, why is it still difficult?

Imagine you are sitting across from a friend or family member and you feel the Holy Spirit telling you to tell them about Jesus, what feeling do you have at that moment? Talk about it together.

Matthew 28:18-20, “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them inthe name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Jesus commands all Christians to make disciples. No matter how we feel about this it is an obligation. Making disciples is part of being a Christian. Is that scary? Does it feel too difficult? Perhaps you feel scared of being rejected. Perhaps you feel scared of just being weird. Maybe you don’t feel like you will do it right. Read Matthew 28:18-20 again and pay attention to the beginning and end.

Jesus has all authority in heaven and earth. All of it. And Jesus is with you. Jesus is with you always. Always!

The most powerful being in existence promised to be with you all the time no matter what. And he is. He is with you now. He is with you when you are scared and you fail to say what needs to be said. He is with you when you tell someone the gospel and they respond well and want to know more. He will never leave you.

Reflect on these two truths: “Jesus has all authority. Jesus is with me.” Knowing this, how does this affect the way you feel about making disciples?

We don’t have to be scared. Jesus is with us. And he is powerful. He has all the power that there is to have.

Need an opportunity to tell someone the gospel? Jesus can arrange that. Ask him. Need boldness? Jesus is with you. Do you feel pressure to try to make someone believe? Don’t worry about that, Jesus is in charge. Not sure you will say the right thing? It’s okay, Jesus is with you and he has all authority that exists. It will all be okay.

Who are you holding back from telling the gospel because of fear? What can you do this week to take the next step to tell them the gospel?

If you feel ill-equipped to tell someone the gospel, what can you do to learn more? How can you get practice telling people the gospel and talking about what Jesus did? (One option is to join the First Steps class after the worship service until you can lead someone through the material yourself.)

What can you do to reinforce your confidence and trust in Jesus and in the fact that he has all authority and he is with you always?

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