Saturate The City With THe Goodness of the Gospel

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 we are church, we are a part of Jesus saturating Dallas with the goodness of the Gospel.

Part 1: Discovery

Read and reflect on these Scriptures:

Old Testament Reading: Habakkuk 2.14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

New Testament Reading: Revelation 7.9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

Gospel Reading: Matthew 24.14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

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. What would it look like for Dallas to be saturated with the Gospel? How would it transform different areas of our city? 

2. Who is someone in your life that has lived this theme (Saturate the City) 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 disciples make disciples 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. Prayer: Join a prayer group that is focused on this specific theme. 

2. Commit: To seeking the Lord on what is your part to play.

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?