January 10: A Culture of Discipleship (Colossians 3:15-17)
This Sunday Daniel Harman will begin a new series called Living as a Church at 9:00am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project.
Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (ESV)
This Sunday we will continue our mini-series unpacking our mission statement as a church. This week we will consider how to love God's people, our brothers and sisters in the body of Christ. Perhaps obvious to some, the Christian life is one of incremental and continual growth. No one enters the kingdom of God fully mature just as no infant enters the world fully developed. God has designed life for the Christian to be one of growth and this growth takes place in the church, God’s incubator of faith. God has designed his church to be the primary place of discipleship. Our desire at Christ Covenant is to cultivate a culture where discipleship occurs in effective ways. Creating this culture is not easy, but in Colossians 3 Paul gives some helpful instruction toward that end. For a culture of discipleship to flourish, cherishing the peace of God in Jesus through the gospel is a first and necessary step. This is followed by hungering for instruction in the truth of the gospel. All brothers and sisters need the instruction and admonishment of one another to grow into the image of God. Last but not least is the desire for Jesus to be glorified in this work. The call is to desire for others to grow in the grace of God for the glory of the one who saves.
Review and Apply
1. How would you rate your efforts at growing as a disciple? What evidence would support you?
2. Who is leading you to greater love for God in Jesus? Who are you serving, instructing or engaging for purposes of growth in the faith?
3. What does it mean for peace to rule your heart? Give an example.
4. Explain what it means for the word of Christ to dwell in you richly.
5. Give examples of when you have taught and admonished another in all wisdom.
6. Why does it make sense to invite others to bring correction to your life? See Proverbs 5:11-14.
7. How can you ‘do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus’ in terms of discipling others?
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