Read John 13-15
These chapters contain part of the teaching that Jesus gave His disciples the evening before His crucifixion. Here we find specific teaching on how believers are to relate to God and others during the Church Age.
Of particular importance is Jesus’ emphasis on the Holy Spirit, and the role He is to play when Jesus has returned to the Father.
As you read through these chapters make particular note of the role and work of the Holy Spirit.
Read 2 Cor. 3:17–18; Gal. 5:22–23 Rom. 8:2–11; Gal. 5:5–6; 1 Corinthians 12
Again note the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.
What evidence would you point to in your own life to prove that you were a disciple of Jesus?
What would be one of the first things you would want to share with someone who has recently put their trust in the Lord Jesus?
Read John 5:16-20
What does Jesus tell us here?
How does this compare to what we see in Genesis 3?
What does Jesus say He is doing?
Why does Jesus do only what His Father does – why doesn’t He do what he thinks is good to do?
Read John 5:30; John 4:34; 6:38; 8:26,28-29; 12:50; Luke 22:42
How does Jesus know what the Father is doing?
How is this borne out in the healing recorded in John 5?
Why does the Father show Jesus what He is doing?
What will the Father show Jesus?
Read John 5:21-29
What ramifications does this have?
How does this relate to Jesus words to His disciples in John 14-15?
Read Paul’s letter to the Colossians
How does Paul describe the Christian life?
What pictures does he draw?
Read Ephesians 4:22-24
God, through Paul, tells us here to put on the new self that has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. How do you actually do that? How do you put on a new person?
How do you think in such a way that shows God is the creator of your thoughts?
How do you feel in such a way that shows God is the creator of your feelings?
How do you act in such a way that shows God is the creator of your actions?
Spend some time thinking and meditating on this and come to the next session prepared to share your thoughts.
Read John 15:1-11
What does Jesus mean when He says He is the ‘true’ vine?
What do you think constitutes the ‘fruit’ that Jesus refers to here?
Where does fruit grow?
How does it grow?
What does it mean to ‘abide’
What is the promise in these verses?
Think about the analogy Jesus uses here of the vine and its branches:
Describe in your own words the relationship that is described.
Think about your own relationship with the Lord - have you experienced the pruning process that Jesus speaks of here?
How would you explain these verses to someone you were discipling?
Read 2 Corinthians 1:1-2:4
If you could choose one word to characterise Paul, what would it be? Why?
What insights do you get into Paul’s motives? His values? His feelings, attitudes, and thoughts?
What do you think was Paul’s image of himself?
How did he view others?
How did he view God?
What do you learn about God from these verses?
Make three lists from these verses:
Who God is
What God does
What God does for and through you
Read 2 Corinthians 3 and 4
What do you understand from these chapters?
Read 2 Corinthians 4 and 5
At the end of chapter 5 Paul uses the term ‘reconciliation’ - what does he mean?
Who is Paul addressing?
What is his aim in these chapters?
Think back to your own childhood
a) How did your parents try to motivate you?
b) What about your teacher or sports coach?
What impact did this approach have on your personality?
As you consider your answer to the question above consider the following:
Do you feel confident? Do you act decisively?
Do you take risks?
Do you have a good image of yourself, and a sense of personal worth?
Go back through chapters 1-3 - can you see any statements of Paul that proved his confidence in the Corinthian believers?
On what did Paul base his confidence?
The Christian life cannot be lived alone. We are described throughout the New Testament as a community of believers, as the church, or as a body or a temple of the Spirit.
As disciples and disciple makers – we must understand the great need we have for fellowship, the great blessing that God has bestowed on us of fellowship and the reasons for it.
Read Hebrews 10:19-24
What does the writer seek to draw attention to in these verses?
List the instructions given.
Think about the reason given in verse 24 - do you see ‘the day drawing near’?
What steps do you take to ensure that you are regularly meeting in fellowship with other believers?
Read Ephesians 4:7-16
Describe in your own words Paul’s message from these verses
What is the purpose of there grace given to each believer?
Have you understood your place in the body of Christ?
Read Ephesians 3:10
Have you understood that the building up of the church, the whole body of Christ, will result in the wisdom of God being exalted and proclaimed not simply on this planet but also to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places?
Understanding this will you make it your goal, your aim to first be a disciple and then to make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ?