Stone One: What are we to do as we follow Jesus? Make disciples.
Jesus calls His followers to love God, love others, and make disciples. Discipleship may sound strange to us, but it was a common concept in Jesus' day. Many Rabbis took on students who would learn from them how to live life. Jesus is the ultimate teacher who helps His followers learn to live the eternal kind of life. Jesus not only calls His followers to be disciples of His way of life, but to be involved in making disciples. Making disciples may sound intimidating, but it simply means helping other people learn to love God and love others. Consider this week how God is calling you to be a part of making more and better disciples of Jesus.
Daily Scripture Reading:
Monday, October 19: Matthew 4:12-5:2
We must first of all understand that Jesus' invitation to Simon (Peter) and his brother Andrew was not a "cold call" sales pitch to complete strangers. Jesus had already met Peter and Andrew through their teacher, John the Baptist (John 1:35-42). After John was imprisoned, Jesus moved to Capernaum, the hometown of Peter and Andrew. He knew these men and saw their readiness to become learners of His way of life and coworkers in His mission. Jesus then made them into disciples through relationship, instruction, and modeling. They learned from Jesus how to live in the Kingdom of God and teach others how to live in the Kingdom of God.
Tuesday, October 20: Luke 6:39-49
Jesus intends His disciples to become increasingly like Him as they train in His way of life. He gives a number of examples to describe the folly of claiming to follow Him without become like Him. What are the different pictures Jesus uses? What do we learn from each of them?
Wednesday, October 21: Matthew 28:16-20
Before ascending to heaven, Jesus gave His disciples the "Great Commission." We are to continue Jesus' Kingdom mission. This involves helping people become Christians - "baptizing in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit" and helping people grow as Christians - "teaching them to obey everything I commanded." Consider who has been part of discipling you. How might God be using you to disciple others?
Thursday, October 22: 1 Corinthians 4:14-20
Paul wrote these words to followers of Jesus in the city of Corinth whom he had discipled. He considers them his "children in the faith" and he feels a great responsibility to see them become mature disciples. In his letter to them, he addressed a number of ways they were not following the way of Jesus. He reminds them through Timothy of his way of life in Christ and urges them to imitate him. What do you think of Paul's statement to "imitate me?" Pray that God will help you become the kind of disciple that can invite others to "imitate me."
Friday, October 23: 2 Timothy 2:1-13
Later in life, Paul wrote this letter to Timothy, a younger disciple of his. He instructed Timothy to work hard at teaching others who would in turn teach others the Gospel message that Timothy had received from Paul. How many generations of discipleship do you see Paul thinking about? How might Paul's generational focus influence how we practice discipleship? What examples does Paul use to urge Timothy to faithful work in discipleship? What do we learn from these examples about making disciples?