Pastor John Sloan
Introduction: The mission statement of Northpoint, which is intentionally plastered on resource folders, handouts, webpages, and even walls is: making disciples who make disciples. When we make disciples, we are leading others to see, and experience over a lifetime, the beauty, the sufficiency, and all-surpassing joy of being reconciled to God in Christ. But that begs a question worth occasionally revisiting: What is a disciple?
Questions for Discussion & Discovery
- Read John 2:23-24. Given what was discussed in today’s message, why do you think Jesus refused to “entrust himself to them.”
- What is the difference between professing faith and possessing faith?
- What does Jesus seem to mean by “my word” in verse 31? Practically speaking, how can a person “abide” therein?
- What are some common sources of our spiritual pride?
- In what sense is Jesus, our Rock of Ages, the “double cure” to sin?
- What sort of freedom does the true disciple experience in Christ? Do you live with the sort of liberty Jesus came to provide?
- Read John 8:31-38
- Read John 8:31-38
- 01. A true disciple believes in the saving power of Jesus (and recognizes his need for the salvation Jesus offers).
- “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.” – 1 Timothy 1:15
- Read John 8:33
- Read John 8:31b: “If you abide in my word you are truly my disciples.”
- “After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.” – John 6:66
- “Jesus wants us to ponder what the sum of that word is. And surely the answer to that is: He is the sum of his word. All his words in one way or another draw our attention to him.”
- 02. A true disciple perseveres in the faith by embracing (and resting in) the word and work of Jesus.
- Read John 8:34-36
- “For Jesus, the ultimate bondage is not enslavement to a political or economic system, but vicious slavery to moral failure, to rebellion against the God who made us. The despotic master is not Caesar, but shameful self-centeredness, an evil and enslaving devotion to created things at the expense of worship of the Creator.” – Don Carson
- 03. A true disciple enjoys spiritual freedom—from the tyranny of sin and the wrath of God.
- “I lay down my life for the sheep.” – John 10:15.
- “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” – John 3:36