Learning Life from the Master
A disciple is learning from Jesus how to live in God’s Kingdom.
Matthew 6:33 – Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
· Scriptures Used: Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 1:14-15;Luke 4:43, 8:1, 17:20-21
· Our modern view of being a “Christian” is sometimes much different than discipleship.
· A disciple is like an apprentice who never goes home.
· The “craft” that Jesus is teaching is life itself.
· Jesus was the smartest person who ever lived, so we would do well to listen to him.
· According to Jesus, the best life is life in the Kingdom of God (under God’s reign).
· Jesus’ gospel (good news) was that this Kingdom was “at hand” – close by and available
Putting it into practice:
Practice becoming aware of the Kingdom of God (and other kingdoms) while you go about your day-to-day life. Set up notifications in your phone to remind you to think about this as you begin, end, and go about your day. An easy way to do this is to subscribe to our “Kingdom Awareness Calendar.”
Use the first link/QR code to subscribe to it in Google Calendar (preferred):
Use the second link/QR Code to subscribe to it using other software:
For personal reflection:
1.Find 15-30 minutes of silence and solitude, with your Bible. Recognize that Jesus is not simply a historical figure, but is present with you now. Ask him to teach you what it means for you to live in the Kingdom of God. Then flip around within the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), looking for something that stands out as “his message” for you today. Once something stands out, read it several times and allow it to soak in. Think about how you might live into it. Then say a prayer committing to follow him in this area, and asking for his help as you do so. Repeat this process if you desire. You may want to journal what you hear.
2.Jesus was/is teaching his disciples what it looks like to live under God’s reign (in his kingdom) rather than in their own kingdom (or the kingdom of darkness). With this in mind, use an online Bible to do a search for the word “kingdom” in the gospels (Matt, Mark, Luke, John). Scan the results to explore the kinds of things Jesus taught about the Kingdom of God
3.Jeremy quoted Dallas Willard. You can read the full article on the MCC Blog.
Small group discussion questions:
First, check in with each other and pray for each other (since mutually supportive relationships are at the heart of a small group). Give each person opportunity to share a highlight of the last week, a challenge they faced, and anything else they would like prayer for. Then pray.
What do you think is the difference between being “just a Christian” and a disciple of Jesus?
Scripture:Read Luke 11:14–23.
According to this passage, how does Jesus understand the “kingdom dynamics” of his ministry?
Jesus says he drives out demons by the “finger of God.” This is a phrase that would have been well-known to his Jewish audience because of its use in their Scriptures. Use an online Bible to look up the three instances of “finger of God” in the Old Testament. What do you think Jesus was trying to hint at when he chose this phrase?
Who is the strong man (and the “someone stronger”) Jesus is referring to in v. 21-22?
Jesus’ oft-quoted words about a “house divided” can also apply to his own kingdom. How do divisions in the church work against the mission of Jesus and the Kingdom of God? What “kingdom” realities might be at work behind these divisions?
Jesus pointed to concrete events (his driving out of demons) as evidence that the Kingdom of God “has come upon you” (arrived, broken through, invaded). What other things might we see when the Kingdom of God invades our world today? Imagine how things would look in your home, at your workplace, school, among your friends, or even at MCC if God were truly in charge. What would change?
This week’s main point is that a disciple is learning from Jesus how to live in God’s kingdom. This means we must surrender our own “kingdoms”—our right to self-rule, to have authority over our own lives. What areas of your life do you find hardest to submit to God’s leadership? Why do you think it is so hard to surrender?
Close with thanks for how the story will end: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.” Revelation 11:15