Found People Find People

Context: The following is a discipleship lesson focusing on a core value of being an authentic disciple of Jesus. These build on the foundation laid in our resources for Exploring Christianity and Mentoring a New Christian. You can see the Table of Contents for this lesson series here

Big Idea: As Jesus has found us, he calls us to be a part of "finding" others.  

Part 1: Discovery

Read and reflect on these Scriptures:

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 6.1 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” 4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”

New Testament Reading: Romans 10.9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

Gospel Reading: Luke 19.10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Questions For Discussion: 

1. What are these passages saying in your own words? 
2. How do we see the beauty and majesty of Jesus in these passages?
3. What does this passage teach us about life?

Part 2: Nurture

Now that we have discovered truth about Jesus with our minds, we want to nurture these truths in our hearts. 

Questions For Discussion:

1. Traditional religion is built on the idea that we do things in order to try and reach God. The Christian Gospel is fundamentally different than traditional religion in that it is centered around Jesus coming to us seek us and save us. How does this impact you? 

2. Who is someone in your life that has lived this theme (Found People Find People) out? How did it impact you or others? 

3. What has this looked like in your life? 

4. What might it look like to experience more of this value in your life? What fruit would this bear in your life and in our world? 

Part 3: Apply

As we have seen from the Word that found people find people, and now that we have nurtured this truth in our hearts so that we not only see it, but savor it, what are practices we can incorporate in our lives in order for this to be a growing part of our lives? 

Before we look at the practices, remember:

1. Remember that spiritual practices are not the answer for a disciple, but they lead an authentic disciple to The Answer Himself.

2. Embracing a life of spiritual practices doesn't keep us from the spontaneous leadership of the Spirit, they actually sensitize and make us aware in a greater way in our day to day lives and the situations we encounter.

3. Also, a common mistake disciples make in being intentional in embracing spiritual practices is taking on too much at once, getting discouraged and quitting. As you look at these practices be in prayer about what step the Holy Spirit is calling you to take and become consistent with.

Practice:

1. Ask: God who has he put in your life that he is calling you to in sharing the Gospel? 

2. Learn: We regularly offer a class called Everyday Evangelism to help equip you in how to do this. 

3. Go: Go on an outreach with our church or short term mission trip.

For Discussion:

1. How have these practices been a part of your discipleship to Jesus? 

2. After taking some time to pray, how do you sense the Holy Spirit leading you to respond in regards to what we have talked about today?