Wk 1 // Off The Wall // Share God's Love

ICEBREAKER

  • If you were to name two things that you focus your life on, what would they be?

  • Why are those two things so important to you?

INTRODUCTION

People dedicate their lives to working their jobs, raising children, amassing wealth, gaining power, and other pursuits. From Scripture we learn that the focus of the Christian life is discipleship—growing in our relationship with God and helping others know Him and grow in theirs too.

In this week’s message, Pastor Mike talked about having a heart for ALL people. Our mission as a church is to share God’s love with ALL people, and the bible reinforces this call by telling us to GO and MAKE DISCIPLES.

SERMON RECAP

Spend a few minutes recapping this week's sermon together. Click here to view the sermon notes.

  • What was one takeaway from this week's sermon for you?

  • Were there any stories, ideas, or points that stuck out?

  • Was there anything that challenged you?

READ

We know it’s important for the church to be about the business of making disciples, but do you know why that task is so important? The answer is three-fold:

  1. Jesus commanded it (Matt. 28:19-20)

  2. it is Jesus’ expectation—He left no Plan B (Acts 1:8)

  3. Jesus modeled it for us (John 17:4).

Have a volunteer read Matthew 28:19-20.

  • What were the different commands Jesus gave to His disciples? How do they all work together?

  • What is the central command Jesus gives His disciples? How are they to carry this out?

NOTE
Jesus began this address—often referred to as the Great Commission—by talking about His authority. In light of this authority, He gave commands for the disciples then and for us now. He told the disciples to “go,” “make disciples,” “baptizing them,” and “teaching them” to obey His commands. All of this was so that they would go and reach people with the good news about Christ. The central command was to “make disciples.”

  • What impact should the Great Commission have on your interactions with others?

NOTE
If we truly want to live in obedience to the Great Commission, then it impacts all of our friendships, the way we interact with our neighbors and other people we come into contact with every day, how we parent, and so on. In light of Jesus’ command, all of our interactions become about showing Jesus to others and drawing them to Him.

Have a volunteer read Acts 1:8.

In Acts 1, Jesus gave His last instructions to the disciples before He ascended into heaven. Much like the Great Commission it was a call to reach people with the good news of the gospel and spread the message of Christ.

  • What does it mean to be Jesus’ witness? What are we witnesses to?

  • Why was the Spirit important for the disciples’ mission? Why is He important for ours?

NOTE
Jesus told the disciples to wait because He knew that He was about to ascend to heaven. With His ascension the disciples would have been alone, but Jesus called them to wait for the Holy Spirit to come. The Spirit would be the power to accomplish the mission He had given them in the Great Commission and the mission He gave them here. The Holy Spirit is the power to live the Christian life and to reach others with the truth of Christ. He is essential to our work of disciple making.

  • Where do you feel called to be Christ’s witness?

  • In what circumstances is it easy for you to share God’s love with others? In what circumstances is it difficult?

NOTE
The vision God has for His church is not only external—taking the gospel to the world. It also has an internal component that emphasizes fellowship, community, and loving one another within the body of Christ. The early church gives us a great picture of what the body of Christ looks like in action.

Have a volunteer read John 17:4-11.

  • Jesus glorified God the Father by making disciples. How does our disciple making also bring glory to God?

  • Jesus said His disciples knew certain things about God because of Jesus. What are some things you know about God because of Jesus?

NOTE
Jesus had revealed the Father to the men the Father had given Him. No one can know God except as the Son reveals Him. Jesus is God in human flesh. Jesus reveals God’s nature and His purpose to redeem people through faith in Jesus.

APPLICATION

  • What is the value of connecting together with other believers in a local church?

  • What qualifications does one need to become a disciple maker to other believers? Can any believer be a mentor, instructor, or encourager to other believers? Why or why not?

  • What is God teaching you this week about your involvement in making disciples?

PRAYER

Ask God to bless our church with a unity born of genuine love that church members have for one another. Ask God to build up the faith of members so that they may love God with all their being and truly demonstrate love for one another by investing in their discipleship. Thank God for the many blessings that each person has received from Christ and His church.

Brian Otte