Over the past four weeks we have been looking at the universal call of the church to the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20, “to go and make disciples, baptizing in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit…”. And to put Jesus’ call to the general call to His universal church into the specific context of our church community at Calvary as part of our INVEST & INVITE mindset. In our final week we turn toward the second part of Jesus’ universal commission, “… and teach them to obey all that I have commanded” which is about DISCIPLESHIP. Discipleship is not solely about teaching and acquiring knowledge. Discipleship at its core, is about transformation. As life and the teachings of Jesus work itself into our soul, it should change everything about us. Jesus showed us what discipleship looks like with His band of 12 disciples. While He preached to the crowds publicly, Jesus dug deeper with His disciples in community. Using Jesus as our model for discipleship, we are committed to becoming a church of community groups. We wrap our community groups around three characteristics: sharing life, opening Scripture, and praying together. This is a cultural shift, but we believe transformed people will change our church, our community, and Silicon Valley.
- Share your thoughts on Steve’s sermon from week 4: What did God say to you? What encouraged you?
- What role has this Community Group played in your spiritual life? How has it encouraged/challenged/helped you?
Opening Scripture: Luke 5:12-16, Luke 8:1-15, John 6, Hebrews 10:19-25.
- What stands out to you in these passages?
- As you look at the Gospel accounts, Jesus surrounded Himself with people who would not naturally be friends…what makes community challenging/difficult for you?
- Reflect and respond to the following quote by theologian Scot McKnight: The church is God’s world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the table to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens, we show to the world what love, justice, peace, reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be. The church is God’s show-and-tell for the world to see how God wants us to live as a family. – A Fellowship of Differents
- How can your community group begin to reflect the kind of community McKnight describes?
- Pray for your community group and invite God to shape how you can continue to encourage and build each other up toward love and actions.
- Pray for our church.
- Consider if God might be challenging a member of your community group to start a new one in order to invite more people to participate in community.