DISCIPLESHIP – Twelve Steps that Embed my Life-story into His Kingdom Story
Read pages 275 - 283, Review pages 19 - 32.
1) Take the personal assumptions inventory. Honestly seek to determine which meta-story is influencing your own life the most. Honestly ask yourself, "Which story do I want to build my life on? Which story do I believe is the true one?" What steps do you need to take to bring your life into line with your convictions?
2) Examine today’s popular Christian culture. How is growth encouraged within today’s Christian Culture?
3) Isolate the secular myths that Christian culture has absorbed that have created anemic Christianity.
How effective is today’s Christian culture in making mature disciples? Or is this a goal only for “career-Christians”?
4) Is it possible to live the story on a part-time basis ie just Sunday, just a mini-devotional now and then?
5) Might it be helpful to “reinvent” church to help us move towards a 24/7 type of living the Story? What might that look like?
6) What does Christian maturity look like? Focus on knowing, being, feeling, and doing.
7) Reflect on Matthew 28:18-20 (the key verb is ‘make disciples, the rest are subordinate verbs, Has the church placed so much emphasis on the "Go" that it has lost sight of the "make disciples"? )
8) Hebrews 5:11 - 6:8 This passage assumes that growth is essential for all disciples. How high a priority is Christian maturity in our churches today? How high a priority is it in our own lives? What adjustments do we need to make in our lives so that maturity can be achievable?
9) What personal commitments are we individually making to mature, to become more like Jesus Christ? How are we going to keep each other accountable?