Week 5 of the JPC Project
(ICYMI: You can learn more about and join us in the JPC Project HERE).
Go Deeper Passages:
1 Timothy 6:6, 2 Peter 1:3-8, John 13:16-17, Luke 6:39-40, Romans 12:1-2, John 13:16-17, Romans 12:1-2, Luke 14:26 & 33, 1 Corinthians 11:1, Mark 1:16-22, Galatians 5:24, Matthew 7:21, 1 John 2:1-14. Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:42-47, John 6:68
Have you ever found yourself so deep that you weren't sure you'd get back out? Maybe in a forest, or under water, or in a foreign place. I'll never forget the time I got lost in Paris. My friends and I were in college and we walked and walked. The year was 2007, so of course we didn't have GPS on our cell phones. We couldn't understand the language, it was too late, and our hostel felt a life away. We got so swept up in the vibrancy of the miles-long city, that we had wandered away from our destination while trying to walk towards it. We were lost without a compass, a point of reference, and still had to find our way home. How often can our relationship with Jesus end up feeling like this? We remember when we first encountered him. Or perhaps for you, you can recall the season where he became most real to you? The time when your faith became your own and was not just inherited from your upbringing? Yet, somewhere along the way we all tend to wander from our destination. Christ's anchor to us has remained steadfast and we always have a place to lay our heads to rest in His love. Yet, sometimes it feels like we don't know how to get back to our pillow. Excitement for other things became an obsession. Our tastes become insatiable addictions. We settle for lovers less wild than the untamable Lion of Judah. We take "To die is gain" a little too literally and live in sin. We forgot that life only makes sense if we choose "to live as Christ" after dying to ourselves. Yet even still, hope remains! The same way out is the way back in. Discipleship in Jesus invites to find life by giving it over to Him again. To release ourselves and our wants, that God may bring us back to life. To be resurrected as Christ by trusting our lives to the only one who can show us how we were truly meant to live. To be apprentices of Jesus. To be disciples that other's may find life alongside of us. To obey Jesus, as He obeyed His Father in heaven. To realize that no "servant is above his master", and we too are invited to the loving gift of serving God and being His hands and feet on "earth as it is in heaven." This is the way out. This is the path back to rest. This is the route to our destination. This is how we will find life abundantly, as Jesus promised we would in Him alone. By following Christ, and Him only!
What keeps you from living as a disciple of Jesus? What part of your life is dead, yet you refuse to give up to follow Him? Is it your life in general, or something specific? How is Christ calling you to be with Him, become like him, or do what He did?
Who can we help you live as a disciple of Christ? What 10% of your life are you holding on to with closed fists? Who is a trusted Jesus-follower who you can invite to help speak in to your life and point you away from stumbling blocks? Who can help you serve Jesus instead?
How is God calling you to help Him disciple others? Where can you go and "teach others to obey all He has commanded"? Have can you be more intentional to follow through on "making disciples" in Jesus' name? How can you lead others by the power of the Spirit at work in you?
Jesus: Ask Christ where you are not living in obedience to Him. Ask God how you may follow Jesus more wholeheartedly in this season. Respond by doing so through giving your life to Jesus, by the Spirit's strength.
People: Pursue someone for mutual discipleship. Be the first to initiate. Invite them to build trust, speak in to your life, and to help you live faithfully in your apprenticeship to Christ. If you need help, sign up for mentorship or a group at A Seattle Church (email email@example.com)
City: Pray that God will lead you to invite a friend to follow Jesus for the first time. Tell them about the power of God at work in transforming your life, and share with them the "reason for the hope you have." Be courageous and trust God to transform their heart.
Please share what you experienced going through this/how God moved in your life by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org