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Discipling: Be One. Make One.

What is Christ’s call to discipleship? What does it look like? How do we know we’re being faithful as disciples? Does it mean something different for Gloria Dei than it does for other communities of faith? This 4-week series will dive into Gloria Dei’s definition of discipleship as we seek to help more people live life with Jesus every day. 

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Sermon Series Discussion Questions

Week 1 - Seek Christ First In all things

Seeking Christ first is something that most Christ-followers claim to do. But, what does this actually look like? As we look at the life of a disciple at Gloria Dei, to seek Christ first means that we filter our entire life through God’s truth. This includes the joys and the struggles, the victories and the failures. It means that we look to God no matter what happens or the circumstances we find ourselves in. It’s an ongoing, intimate, and always growing relationship with our Savior.

Read Proverbs 3:5-12

- We all remember playing hide and seek as a kid – how well did the seeker do if they were distracted by other things? Why?

- What distractions get in the way of you seeking Christ first?

- How could you change your routine this week to seek Christ first?

Week 2 - devoted and obedient to god's word

God has made His will, desire, and love for us known in His Word. It is through the Bible that we gain understanding to the depth of God’s love for us and His call on our lives. It’s in His Word that we grow in our understanding of the world around us as His Spirit transforms our hearts and minds. It is in His Word that God has promised to work transformation and faith within each of us. We learn of God’s love, commands, and testimonies of what He’s done through the Bible. To seek Christ first in all things calls means we need to be devoted and obedient to His Word in our daily life.

Read Psalm 119:1-8

- What thoughts does the word “devoted” bring to mind? What about “obedient”?

- Would you consider yourself devoted and/or obedient to God’s Word? How does your life reflect your answer?

- What could you adjust in your daily schedule to spend time in God’s Word?

Week 3 - loves and serves others

As we are devoted to God’s Word, we grow in understanding that obedience to His Word is to love and serve others. We are not being obedient to His Word if we are not loving and serving those that have been placed in our lives. As Jesus said to His disciples, it is in our love and service to others that they will know we are His disciples! We seek Christ first by living out that commands He has given us in His Word!

Read 1 Peter 4:7-11

- 1 Peter 4:10 makes note that we should serve in the ways that God has gifted us. What gifts, or skills, has God given you to serve others?

- What keeps you from loving and serving others? How could you remove that hindrance?

- How could you love someone around you this week by serving them?

week 4 - being discipled while discipling others

As we seek Christ first by spending time in His Word and by serving by loving others God will change our hearts to want to help others on their path of discipleship so that God can transform them as well! We don’t have to be an expert in the Bible or a theology expert to disciple others. It is simply modeling how others have been discipling you for someone else. It is asking honest questions about another’s life to help them see Christ at work and encouraging them in living their life according to His truth. It’s praying together and spending time together in God’s Word. It’s loving others and serving together for the sake of the Gospel. It is recognizing and celebrating Christ at work in your life and the relationships you have with others. It is helping one another, and more people, live life with Jesus every day.

Read Matthew 28:16-20

-Does the idea of discipling someone else intimidate you? Why or why not?

-Did you have someone lead you in faith as you were growing up? How did they affect your life?

-Who could you meet with this week to begin helping them see how God is working in their life? Schedule a time to get together with them and make a plan!

 

Digital Resources

Family Discipleship (Parent blogs, music, Devotions, Activities, and Learning for Parents and Children)

Homefront Magazine Blog - Activities, articles, recipes, and more for families to do together.
Parent Cue Blog - Simple reminders and helpful conversation starters to help parents lead their children.
Phase Blog - For leaders and parents to learn about the phase that their child or group is in.
Seeds Family Worship - Resources and worship music for young families.
Faith5 - Video resources to help parents guide their children through a daily conversation of "share, read, talk, pray, and bless".

Movie Reviews

Common Sense Media - Reviews from a parental perspective for movies, TV, books, apps, and more.
Plugged In - Movie reviews from Focus on the Family.

Right Now Media

Gloria Dei members have access to an online video library called RightNow Media with over 20,000 discipleship videos for kids, students and adults. This is a great resource for small groups, families, and anyone looking for a guided Bible study. 

To learn how to watch RightNow Media across any of your devices click here.

To access our RightNow Media membership, contact Becky Herrscher at

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