July 17: Characteristics of Discipleship (Colossians 3:12-17)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
This Sunday Josh Herring will continue a series called Christians Creating Culture: An Examination of Gospel Identity, True Community, and Cultural Flourishing at 9:00am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the Old Testament).
 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.
We are continuing our sermon series on cultivating greater discipleship in the church. First, we looked at the call to be disciples and then helping others follow or becoming fishers of men. We then considered the costs associated with discipleship. Jesus went by way of the cross and so following him will involve costs. Last week, we found that disciples grow most fruitfully in a community where our unity is in Jesus who has reconciled us to the Father and to each other. Today we will look at some of the characteristics of what discipleship actually looks like at the street level. From this vantage point, we see that discipleship is seeking the spiritual good of other Christians in our community. This concern is expressed through the encouragement and instruction of one another in God’s word. It is an ongoing work for each person over the course of their lives preparing one another for the day. There are fewer more noble tasks in this life.
Review and Apply
1. What is your practice of Bible reading? What distractions prevent the word from dwelling richly in you?
2. How frequent are your conversations over spiritual truths?
3. What does it mean to treasure the gospel? How is this done in your life?
4. Give an example of someone providing helpful correction to your life?
5. In what ways do you encourage spiritual growth in others?
6. What do you fear most about discipling another person?
7. How can the church or your care group help you to seek the spiritual good of another?
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