The Main Focus: Following Jesus
As we step back into the book of John we see Jesus calling His first disciples, or followers. Following a teacher in that day was a big deal and people would take it very seriously who they decided to follow and learn from. It was understood that who you followed would often play a big part in who you became. Here we see something very striking, the disciples didn t choose Jesus, but He chose them. This is at the core of all who follow Jesus that ultimately it s Christ who calls us and leads us in His ways.
Key Passage: John 1:35-42, Matthew 16:24-26
Scripture & Discussion:
- What does John proclaim Jesus as? (John 1:35-36)
- What did the disciples then do? (John 1:37)
- What did Jesus invite them to do? (John 1:38-39)
- Who did Andrew invite to meet Jesus? (John 1:40-42)
- What does Jesus require of those who follow Him? (Matthew 16:24)
- How would you summarize v. 25-26? (Matthew 16:25-26)
To follow Jesus is to surrender to your life to His, to obey Him. This is difficult but the high call.
- Why should we follow Jesus?
- What does following Jesus look like in your life?
- How can it be difficult to follow Jesus?
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Matthew 6:24