Session 1 - The Disciple
Reflect & Discuss - Breakout 1
Read Mark 1:16-20 again.
What stands out about Jesus' invitation, now having context for the Rabbinic call to discipleship?
How was the rabbinic approach to learning different from what we observe in today’s western learning environments?
reflect & discuss - Breakout 2
How would you describe your biblical understanding of making disciples to others? Do you see any cultural expectations that may have shaped our view of “discipleship” today? How would you contrast the disciple-making of the first century with today’s notions of “discipleship” as you have observed them?
Is there a difference today between what it means to be a believer in Jesus Christ and what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ? Is “believe” only a creedal statement to you, or is it also a verb to live out each day?
To what extent do we wrestle with life issues in relationship to the Scriptures? When we do wrestle, are we prepared to place ourselves under the authority of His revealed response in His Word? Have you ever found yourself not bringing an issue to the Scriptures because you didn’t want to hear, or didn’t want to encounter God’s authoritative response?
How might cultural discomfort and/or negative connotations toward "authority" impact our understanding and willingness to put ourselves under the authority of Christ? Today, do we find a desire to surrender to the authority of Jesus in the same manner that first-century disciples had a willingness to surrender to their rabbi’s interpretive authority?
In what ways might Holy Spirit be inviting you deeper into relationship and/or challenging you to live in the reality of your in-Christ identity?
Session 2 - How We Hear
Documenting (journaling) the events of our lives can be an effective tool for recognizing how God is speaking to us. Why? Because life often rushes by too quickly for us to catch the details on the first pass.
Here are the 3 simple steps involved this exercise:
Observe - observing our lives (going as far back as we need to)
Reflect - reflecting on the moment
Discuss - find a trusted friend to process this with
Get a blank sheet of paper ready. Don't overthink this. Take note of...
Any life events/situations (Kairos Moments) God may have been using to get your attention.
Any “loose ends" you can begin to see God bringing together. (Remember, this could involve a years-old experience that went without closure.)
As you work through all the above, simply ask yourself the 2 Core Questions:
What is God saying to me?
What am I going to do about it? (How will I respond?)
Session 3 - From Hearing To Responding
Contrast “Chronos Christianity” vs “Kairos Christianity.” What do you find to be your “default” response to life’s happenings? Do you find yourself noticing and engaging the “interruptions” God may be using to call you deeper and learn? Or is your tendency to push past/ignore these events?
Do you have a hard time recognizing potential Kairos moments? Remember that they don’t always appear in flashing lights. Have there been any simple interactions/experiences recently that may be God’s gentle call to draw closer and learn something?
Do you have a hard time knowing how to process potential Kairos moments? Use the “Learning Circle” to help you. Take time to REFLECT, DISCUSS, PLAN, and then ACT.
Use S.O.A.P (Scripture > Observation > Application > Prayer) to dig deeper into the following passages.
- In Observation, check for alignment between what’s written and what we’ve been discussing in Core gatherings.
- In Application, start by asking yourself the “2 Core Questions”:
- What is God saying?
- How will I respond?
If you get anything specific at this point, make sure to take a written note of it for easy reference later.
Read Mark 6:7-13, 30-34. Observe how Jesus took his disciples through a process of learning. How do our simple steps in the “Learning Circle” (Reflect > Discuss > Plan > Act) line up with the process these disciples engaged in (see surrounding verses for added context).
Read Mark 1:7-39 then contrast the at-length accounts of these events in the other gospels. Observe the order of events surrounding the launch of Jesus’ public ministry and the call to His first disciples. Observe the pace (the ebb and flow) we see throughout these initial days as he began to invite others into the “learning journey” of discipleship.
Session 4 - Christ's Missional Purpose
REFLECT & DISCUSS:
Re-read Colossians 1:15-20. In your own words, how does this answer the question, “Why did Jesus come to earth?”
Read 2 Corinthians 5:18-21. How does it connect our purpose as disciples of Jesus to the very purpose of Christ Himself?
Why is “mission” inseparable from true “discipleship”? Explain.
Read Revelation 21:1-4. How does this describe the “not yet” of the Kingdom? (Connect to Question 5)
Now read 1 John 3:16-18. What responsibilities do we carry in the “now” of the kingdom as Christ’s Disciples? How does that demonstrate the hope of the kingdom that is to come?
For further study:
Session 5 - The Practical Application of "Going"
Reflect & Discuss:
Review the 4 Foundational Relationships alongside each type of poverty (Chart B). What examples can you think of to illustrate each manifestation of brokenness? Does this expanded definition of poverty change your perspective? Describe.
Consider the key question, "If poverty is rooted in the brokenness of foundational relationships, then who are the poor?" If we are all broken, just in different ways, how then should we approach those we want to help?
Consider the 3 forms of poverty alleviation — Relief, Rehabilitation, and Development. Can you think of an example for appropriate and inappropriate application of each one? Why does this matter?
Keeping all the above in mind, how do you dream of seeing a local church respond to poverty? How do you think we can be effective at it?
Finally, can you connect the dots between what we've learned about discipleship, our shared mission with Christ, and these principles for poverty alleviation? Picture each of our Core sessions as a "building block" and describe how you see each piece coming together to form a foundation.
Session 6 - Core Prayer
Gather. Worship. Pray. Focus. Process. Seek. Ask. Prepare. Much is in store!