Lesson 03: Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ-I
Objective: Understand that being a disciple must be an intentional choice, and it’s also a command.
Saying, “I believe in you” is different than saying, “I will obey you, follow you, and love you as you have loved me.”
Jesus tells us in Matthew 22:37-39 that God’s greatest COMMANDMENT is to “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind’. This is the first and greatest commandment.”
1: Read John 14 about what Jesus expects of you. Then, go back and re-read John 14:15 and John 14:23. How do we show God that we love him?
2: Instead of loving God in the way he COMMANDS, how have you been trying to show God you love him?
A commandment is not a request. It’s not a favor. It’s an order that we are expected to follow IF we truly love Him. We are doing what we can to obey God, through this discipleship program, as it says in Matthew 28:19-20, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
This means it’s of the utmost importance to know what God commands, and then work on being obedient. We know what God commands by reading the Bible. Loving God means to obey His commands.
3: Read John 15:8-11, to learn more about being a disciple of Jesus Christ.
As you can see, loving God and obeying his commands is incredibly important to Jesus. Obeying God is synonymous to loving Him. To be His disciple, we must love him and obey him. Are you ready to make a commitment to love God and obey His commands?
4: What might keep you from fully loving God in this way?
5: For extra credit, pick a verse from this lesson that spoke to you and work this week to memorize it. Share the verse with your mentor and explain why you chose it.