We want to think about how discipleship is learning the skill of living life the way God intended. It’s not just about information, it’s about seeing the God, ourselves and the world in a different way and then discovering, practicing and developing ways to live a Jesus-sized life.
We are thinking about how this works, and the relationships involved – the conversations we should have with ourselves, with God and with others – to help us learn.
Today Dave talks about how we learn a skill and how we need to approach the challenge.
“Now go and learn…” – Matthew 9:13
- Dave used different aspects of his experience at music college to describe ways we might feel about our faith. Do you resonate with any of these:
- Thinking it’s about knowledge. Do you sometimes think faith is about how much you know? Do you admire people for their great Bible knowledge? Is it strange to think of faith more like developing a skill than knowing more stuff?
- Feeling you’re doing ok. Sometimes we think we’re doing well, but only because we don’t comprehend just how amazing the potential God has put in us. What is your vision for God’s plan for you?
- Losing your spark. Just like the warm dishwater on Dave’s fingers, everyday life sometimes wears away our passion. Have there been times when you’ve really felt excited about God and his work in your life?
- What does growing in your faith mean to you? What do you expect? What has it looked like in the past? What does it look like now?
- How would you approach your faith differently if you thought of it like a skill rather than information?
- What natural abilities and skills do you have that help?
- What are the areas that are more of a challenge?
- Do you ever compare yourself with others? Is this helpful? Do you feel secure and confident in being a unique creation that carries God’s image? How does comparison fit with this and when is it fruitful?
Throughout the four Gospels Jesus is teaching. Often it’s his disciples, sometimes it’s the Pharisees and lawyers or the crowd. Each of these are really interesting as we consider how Jesus thought people, especially his followers, could best learn about the Kingdom and how to live in it.
Here are a few of them. Look at these incidents of teaching and learning. What do you notice? Who is teaching and who is learning? How is it happening? What is surprising? How might these ideas correspond to our everyday lives? How does this fit with the ideas from today’s talk?
- Matthew 9:9-13
- Matthew 14:22-33
- Mark 9:14-29
- Luke 10:25-28
- Luke 20:9-19
- John 6:1-13
- What other examples can you think of?