As we end our Discipleship Conversation series, Dave summarises some of the ideas we’ve considered and how these play their part in the three elements of being a disciple.
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice — the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:1-2
- Dave talks about the three elements of discipleship:
- Our relationship with God
- This saturating our whole life
- And overflowing into the world around us
- Think about each of these three elements. How have you traditionally understood each of these and their relevance to church and God?
- What has changed as we’ve thought about this over the last few months? Do you see any of it differently? Does any of it make more sense or integrate better with your life?
- The crucial, most important, question is what role does God have in our life. Do we want a normal, western, middle-class, materialistic life with God as an add-on? Or, are we prepared to say to God he can disrupt our life so that we can grow and become more alive?
- There’s the obvious right answer to this, but what is the real implications and difficulties? How willing do you think you are to face these?
- Think about this verse – “If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” Matthew 16”25
- Is there something you’re hanging onto at the moment? What would it mean to lose it and trust God instead?