Going Deeper: July 14

Click here to listen to Associate Pastor Steve Terrell’s sermon “Fruit”

Listen.  If the end product of a high school education is a diploma, what is the “fruit” of a disciple of Jesus. The answer can be found in two of Jesus’ most important teachings: the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:35-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). 

In other words, our goal as disciples is to love God more than anything else and everything we have and to center our lives around the mission of making new disciples of Jesus. There is no point of learning Jesus’ teaching unless we are moved to love God and love others more. It is pointless to follow Jesus, if we don’t give ourselves to Jesus’ mission of making followers of Jesus everywhere we go.  Making disciples includes two steps: baptism and teaching people to obey everything that Jesus commanded.

Reflection. What are some things that you are tempted to love more than God? Who are some people in your life that you find difficult to love? What are some things in your life that get in the way of you sharing Jesus and helping them follow Jesus with you?

Set Goals. Be sure to make these goals personal and specific.

  • What will I do this week to meditate, listen and respond to God’s teaching on “the fruits of discipleship”?
  • What will you do this week to grow your love for God? What will you do to move towards love that person that is difficult to love?

Who is someone in your life you can share Jesus with them? Make a plan to pray for them and to invite them to follow Jesus with you? Share what you are learning with them.

Scriptures for Loving God, Others, and Making Disciples (Fruit)

Matthew 22:37-40: Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord your God with all you heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Matthew 28:18-20: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age.”

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