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THE INVITATION/CHALLENGE MATRIX (by Mike Breen)
As we make our way through this discipleship journey, this evaluative tool by Mike Breen will be very helpful. It 's great to utilize this matrix when considering our present day church/fellowship experience and it's also a great tool when you venture off and begin discipling others.
Rabbis and Disciples (Nov. 7th Teaching)
"Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.'
Nov 7th Talking Points:
EDUCATION IS ESSENTIAL
It was important to the people of Galilee during Jesus' time on earth and it should be equally important to us to be educated in the Word. We strive to educate ourselves not to solely have a head knowledge of our scripture but to also know who we are are following in Jesus and to continuously cultivate a relationship with the Most High.
Just like our Galilean brothers and sisters, many may consider us ignorant, or uneducated for how we choose to live our lives and who we choose to follow but John 17:3 offers us a promise that is well worth the scrutiny and ridicule we may endure for Christ:
Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
Eternal life is knowing Christ. But knowing him may be easier said than done. How does our current culture influence our relationship with Christ?
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN RABBI AND TALMID
It would've been an honor and privilege to be selected by Jesus to be one of the twelve that followed him. The relationship between Jesus and his disciples was a close one. The disciples followed and emulated everything that Jesus did in his life. Their goal as disciples was to study Christ to the point that they themselves resembled Jesus in everything they did.
Although not a popular practice amongst rabbis, Jesus sought out his disciples and invited them to follow him (Matt. 4:19) because he fully believed in their ability to become like Christ in everything they did. And Jesus gave them many opportunities to do so.
The disciples of Jesus' time has left us, mondern-day disciples, an amazing continued legacy of what it looks like- the good, the bad and the ugly- to follow Jesus.
Do you believe you were chosen for a reason? What areas are you doubting your abilities to be a disciple of Christ?
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN KNOWING OF JESUS AND KNOWING JESUS
“You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.”- James 2:19
Having an awareness of who God is and being in relationship with Christ by way of reading His Word and and being in constant conversation with him through prayer are two totally different scenarios. If we desire to know Jesus then we must abide in Him as John 15 talks about and also demonstrate fruit of the Spirit which Galatians 5:22 outlines.
There are many ways to connect with Christ so that you can have a deep meaningful relationship with him. The more time (both chronos and kairos) we spend with Jesus, the deeper and more intimate our relationship with hm becomes! What is the evidence of Christ's spirit in your life?