NOTE: Following is a copy of the discussion guide that will be used in MoSt Church’s LIFE groups tomorrow night (June 2). This guide will enable your follow-up in our LIFE groups of my sermon tomorrow morning from Lord Jesus Christ: Master & Commander. This sermon is the start of a fresh, new sermon series by the same name. Look under the category title “LIFE group guides” and you’ll find an archive of previous discussion guides. All Scripture texts reproduced below are from the CEB.
To call our attention, and our conscience, to some of our Lord’s direct charges to us.
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus told them to go. When they saw him, they worshipped him, but some doubted. Jesus came near and spoke to them, “I’ve received all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.” (Matthew 28.16-20)
Peter said to him, “Look, we’ve left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “I assure you that anyone who has left house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, or farms because of me and because of the good news will receive one hundred times as much now in this life—houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and farms (with harassment)—and in the coming age, eternal life. (Mark 10.28-30)
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and don’t do what I say? I’ll show what it’s like when someone comes to me, hears my words, and puts them into practice. It’s like a person building a house by digging deep and laying the foundation on bedrock. When the flood came, the rising water smashed against that house, but the water couldn’t shake the house because it was well built. But those who don’t put into practice what they hear are like a person who built a house without a foundation. The floodwater smashed against it and it collapsed instantly. It was completely destroyed.” (Luke 6.46-49)
Whoever loves me will keep my word. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever doesn’t love me doesn’t keep my words. (John 14.23-24a)
Icebreaker questions are meant to help us all start talking. Choose one of the following to discuss as a group.
1. Tell us of a time you were “charged” with doing something and it went well.
2. What exactly has Christ commanded us? Brainstorm a list of Christ’s commands.
These questions are meant to help us grapple with the Scripture related to this morning’s sermon. Choose some.
1. What do each of the four Scriptures above have to say about obedience to Christ?
2. From the four texts above, make a list of virtual synonyms to the word “obey.”
3. Not everything Jesus said is a “command.” What else, or how else, did Jesus speak?
4. Not every command Jesus gave is applicable to us today? Agree? Disagree? Explain.
These questions facilitate our sharing what we sense God’s Spirit is doing with us thru his word. Choose some.
1. What gives Jesus “the right” to “command” us? Who does he think he is? Or we are?
2. Words like “obey” or “command” come across to many people as “negative.” Why?
3. How you picture Christ commanding is crucial. From what does Christ command?
4. God doesn’t “suggest.” Yet we often morph “commands” into “suggestions?” How so?
5. Where does the ability and energy to obey Christ come from? Answer with Scripture.
6. As a group, pray for the growth of every group member in being an obedient disciple.