Bible Study Series – How To Become a Disciple of Jesus Christ


Overview

Matthew’s gospel paints a compelling background to Jesus famous’ ‘Sermon On The Mount’: “5:1 – Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them.” With this ancient picture in mind: What is a disciple of Jesus; and what does Christian discipleship look like today? A disciple is essentially a student. But there is a significant difference between the average teacher/student relationship today and the kind that Jesus shared with his disciples. While the goal of modern students is usually to get information from their teachers in order to pass a class, Jesus put forward the goal of discipleship like this, “The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher” (Luke 6:40).

Jesus’ definition of a disciple helps us understand why his original 1st century disciples didn’t just take notes in a classroom for an hour or so and then return home. Instead, Jesus’ disciples followed him around, day and night, observing his life and the way he worked, rested, and related to others. The aim of Jesus’s disciples was to grow spiritually and become more like Jesus – who was not just their teacher but also their Lord (e.g. Luke 6:46).

Today as we consider what is required for us to be Jesus’ disciples, it’s important to notice that the word ‘disciple’ is the root of the word ‘discipline’. Everyone who has ever sought to excel in his or her studies or in sport or musically knows that any worthwhile pursuit requires regular training. The process of Christian discipleship begins with understanding who Jesus is and what he is all about. Studying Jesus’ famous ‘Sermon On The Mount’ will help us toward this end. However, Christian discipleship is more a spiritual pursuit than an academic exercise. Therefore, we can only grow as Christ’s disciples with the help of the risen Lord Jesus, through the daily guidance of his Holy Spirit and the assistance of our fellow-disciples: The Church.

As daunting as discipleship might sound, we should gain encouragement from the fact that it was a disciple named Matthew, a tax collector, who recorded Jesus’ life and teaching found in our first gospel. In Jesus’ day, tax collectors were often despised and likened to prostitutes and other notorious sinners. Therefore, becoming Jesus’ disciple isn’t an exercise for the very religious, but a vital pursuit for ordinary sinners like Matthew, and for us as well. This will become clearer in our very first study.

Bible Studies

Title Download (Word)
Overview SOM discipleship ov2
1. Sermon on the Mount. Jesus’ Nine Blessings (Matthew 5:1 – 12) SOM discipleship study 1 Blessings
2. Being salt and light (Matthew 5:13 – 16) SOM discipleship study 2 Salt
3. Perfectly fulfilling God’s Law (Matthew 5:17 – 48) SOM discipleship study 3
4. For Whom Do We live? (Matthew 6:1-8,16 – 18) SOM discipleship study 4 worship
5. How should we pray? (Matthew 6:5 – 15; 7:7 – 11) SOM discipleship study 5 prayer
6. Sermon on the Mount. (Matthew 6:19 – 34) SOM study 6
7. Judgment and Forgiveness. (Matthew 7:1-2) SOM discipleship study 7 judging
8. Obedience (Matthew 7:13-29) SOM discipleship study 8 obedience

Mark’s Gospel; Who Is This Jesus?

“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news1!” (Mark 1:15)

Click below for the sermons and Bible study notes for the Gospel of Mark

Study Bible reference Resources
Overview NA Mark overview
1 Mark 1:1 – 38 Mark study 1 & Sermon
2 Mark 5 Mark study 2 & Sermon
3 Mark 10:13-45 Mark study 3 & Sermon
4 Mark 15:1 – 38 Mark study 4 & Sermon
5 Mark 15:42 – 16:8 Mark study 5 & Sermon

Bible study: Wisdom of the Old Testament


Old Testament Wisdom Books Overview

Many people would be aware that the Bible is divided into two major sections: The Old Testament and The New Testament. However, fewer would be aware that the Bible also contains further sub-divisions. The New Testament can be subdivided into at least four sections: The Gospels; Acts; The Apostolic Letters and Revelation. The Old Testament can also be subdivided into at least four smaller units including: The Five Books of Moses; The Historical Books; The Writings/Wisdom Literature and The Prophets. There are more subdivisions we could explore as well. But the purpose of this short Bible study series is to focus on three books from the Writings or Wisdom Literature: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Job. These books offer three unique perspectives on pursuing a godly understanding of life in this fallen world.

Ultimately true wisdom is found in following Christ. As an obedient son, Jesus did everything that his Heavenly Father asked of him. However, doing so didn’t bring Jesus worldly wealth, fame and prosperity, but instead humiliation, suffering and death. As Christ’s followers we need to count the costs of following Jesus and keep our eyes fixed on his heavenly reward. This is true wisdom.

Click to download the printouts for the wisdom books bible studies:

Study Bible reference Resources
Overview NA Wisdom 1 – OT Wisdom Books Overview
1 Proverbs 1:1-33 Wisdom 2 – Proverbs one 1 & Sermon
2  Ecclesiastes 1 Wisdom 3 – Ecclesiastes study & Sermon
3 Job 1 Wisdom 4 – A lesson in real-life wisdom from Job & Sermon
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