Ken Green - October 18, 2015

Discipleship: Gospel Possible

The Disciples are challenged—perhaps even shocked—to hear Jesus’ words, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!” With gaping mouths the Disciples grapple with who can then be saved, and Jesus fills their ears with even more amazing words, words of Gospel promise: All things are possible with God. The reality for the twelve is that they have given up all to follow Jesus. Would we do the same—are we able to cast everything into the hands of God to trust Him completely that all things in our lives would come under Jesus’ reign? Can we truly believe that God will never fail His children, confident that through His grace and love He will provide abundantly for all our needs? Can you recall a time when have experienced the provision of the Lord at a point when other things in life were coming unglued? What makes it difficult for you to believe that all things are possible for God? In what ways could you encourage and build up the faith of others when they need God to be their all-in-all?

Scripture References: Mark 10:23-31

From Series: "The Marks of Jesus' Disciples"

At the heart of being Christian, there is this core concept of following Jesus. The disciple follows his or her master, imitating the master and learning along the way. The church is in the disciple-making business, connecting people to Jesus and leading them in the process of walking in His ways. This discipleship process is never completed for any of us in this life—we are continually learning and growing as we follow Jesus until He brings us to our heavenly home. • What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus, a Christ-follower? • What are the core marks of those who follow Jesus faithfully? What does being a disciple look like? • How are disciples shaped and formed as they continue to walk with Jesus? And we always remember that God’s design is not to make us out to be “cookie-cutter Christians”—rather, discipleship is a process, a life-long learning adventure. It is, at its core, the art of following Jesus every day, knowing that Jesus has promised to be with us always, expecting that we will “bear much fruit” as we remain in Him and He remains in us.

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