Lesson 04: Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ-II
Objective: Learn the 2nd greatest commandment God gives us.
Last week, we learned from Matthew 22:37-39 that God’s greatest commandment is to Love God. The verse ends with the 2nd greatest commandment…”And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”
This command is also emphasized in John 13:34-35, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
To be a disciple of Jesus Christ, we must love one another. John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” Jesus literally laid down his life for you. So in applying this verse to your life you should understand it to mean that the greatest expression of love is to put your life and your wishes behind the desire to love and serve God and others.
1: In practical terms today, how can you lay down your life for another person?
2: What gets in the way of you loving others in this way?
3: Read John 15:12-17, to learn more about being a disciple of Jesus Christ.
To be His disciple, we must love others.
Who in your life is the hardest person to love as God commands (and why…briefly)? What action could you take to start loving them anyway?
4: This week, memorize John 15:12, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”