Writing Project: Discipleship

With all the students pretty much gone from the campus, we have to find some thing to keep us busy to justify it to our supporters 🙂

So I floated the idea of trying to write up some material I have been doing with students in our Missional Mondays group for the last semester into a study group format, with some questions and input for the group to think about. That is what I am going to be doing for most of this week, and I would value any input or suggestion you can offer.

The working title so far is – “You Follow Jesus…. really?”.  The main idea being that many of us are quick to call ourselves Jesus followers, but when we examine the gospels (for this study) what do we find Jesus doing and teaching.  Very often what Jesus is doing, thinking and teaching is not what we are doing, thinking and teaching.  And often when what we do does look similar – it is a “Jesus-lite” version – a watered down version of discipleship that somehow looks more comfortable, western, middle-class and safe than Jesus ever did.

The aim in this short study will be to help us meditate together on the life and teaching of Jesus and try to hear again the radical, counter-cultural, counter-expectational voice that is the King Jesus come to save his people and lead them into the life of the Kingdom.

Study 1: What is a disciple? The way of the cross. Matthew 13:44-46; Matthew 28:16-20

Study 2: Love Sinners: Mark 2; Matthew 5 (Most of the idea for this post has been written up in this post already)

Study 3: Money: The Parable of the Rich Fool – Matthew 12:13-21; Treasures in Heaven 6:19-34; Shrewd Manager – Luke 16:1-15; Matthew Generosity -5:38-42; Luke 12:13-34

Study 4: Taking Gospel Risks: Matthew 25:14-30

Study 5: Loving Your Enemies: Matthew 6:38-48

Study 6: Family: Matthew 10:34-39; 12:46-50; Luke 12:49-53; 14:25-26

Study 7: Compassion: Mark 1:40-42; Mark 6:32-34; Matthew 18:21-35; Luke 10:25-37

Study 8: Gaining the World/Greatness: Mark 9:33-37; Matthew 20:20-28; Mark 8:34-38; Luke 20:20-26

Study 9: Disciple-Makers: Matthew 28:16-20

Any thoughts or suggestions, things you would want to add, take away?  Resources you would want to suggest?

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~ by John on December 7, 2009.

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