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. Coming soon Coming soon..

What’s Unique About Matthew’s Gospel Series?


Today we embark on a series called’ “What Unique About Matthew’s Gospel?” This series will take us through Easter 2017. It will be a great series for helping us all understand more about who Jesus is and what he came to accomplish.

Pastor Chadd recommends a Bible study by Peter Bolt and Paul Barnett for personal or small group use. It is called: ‘Matthew: A Great Light Dawns’ (2014: Aquila Press). It is available in Koorong or can be ordered from CEP.

 

Discipleship is our strategic focus for 2017
Matthew’s gospel contains Jesus’ Great Commission’ to make disciples of all people. At our most recent EWC meeting, CP10’s leaders affirmed that making disciples for Jesus should be our congregational focus for 2017, and beyond. Pastor Chadd and our church leaders will be explaining this more in the coming months. Chadd is also producing some Bible studies on discipleship based on Jesus’ Sermon On The Mount’ (for personal or group use).

Feb Friends 2017: Extraordinary

Carols on the lawn; Sun 18 December

Carols on the Lawn CroydonPark@10


Please join us on Sunday 18 December for our annual Carols on the Lawn.

Free BBQ from 5:30pm with Picnic style food and drinks. Bring a picnic blanket, sit back and sing along to our carols programme starting 6:30pm.

Address: Corner of Violet and Boyle Street, Croydon Park. Street parking available.

Gingerbread House Project Saturday 3 December


Please come to construct and decorate a strong house, hear a great story about a master builder and enjoy a tasty supper.

All welcome! Must be old enough to use a power tool.

  • Time: Saturday 3 December 2016, 7:30 to 9:30pm
  • Location: Corner Boyle and Violet Street, Croydon Park
  • Cost: $30 (all material provided)
  • RSVP: 20 November to Jen

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