June 26: Following Jesus (Mark 1:14-20)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
This Sunday Nik Lingle will conclude the series called Making Sense of Christ and the Spirit 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).
 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God,  and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
 Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.  And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”  And immediately they left their nets and followed him.  And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets.  And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him. (ESV)
This Sunday we will begin a five-week series on Cultivating Discipleship. By "cultivating," we do not mean to say that at the end of five weeks we will all be perfect disciples, but rather that in this time, we are hoping to grow in an attitude of learning, maturing and developing a deepener love for God and his people. This will then lead to a growing desire for discipling others toward the same goal. We will look at various passages on the nature, cost, and characteristics of discipleship. We don't want to be merely informed, but also encouraged to serve others for their spiritual development. In Mark 1:14-16, Jesus first reveals that he is a king with a radical message. Immediately following this proclamation, Jesus calls men and women to follow him whole-heartedly. Too often we think of discipleship as something reserved for the mature and well-seasoned Christian. From this text we find this is untrue, as Jesus calls simple fisherman with little training and readiness. He calls them to follow him, learn from him and listen to him so that they will become like him. Consider your life of following Jesus as you read this text.
Review and Apply
1. What does Jesus mean when he says, ‘The time is fulfilled, the kingdom of God is at hand’?
2. What does it mean to repent and believe the gospel?
3. What are some counterfeits to biblical faith and repentance?
4. How would you describe ‘repentance and faith’ in your life?
5. What are some aspects of discipleship or following Jesus? Which ones do you struggle with and why?
6. How 'ordered' are your loves? What does allegiance to Jesus look like in your life?
7. Do you have an example of someone discipling you for your spiritual good?
8. What prevents you from discipling another believer?