BCC Discipleship Groups

 

Below are some portions of scripture and sample questions you can use in your Discipleship group.

 

Mark 8:34-38

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels.”

 

What does it mean to deny yourself?

            What would that look like in our daily lives? 

What is our cross?

            How do we “take it up?”

What are some of the things that try to cause us to “save our lives?”

What does it mean to “lose our lives for Christ” and how would that look in our daily lives?

Can you think of some time when you tried to gain the world but forfeited your soul?

How are we tempted to be ashamed of God and His Word?

 

God calls this world “adulterous and sinful”, what does He mean by that?

            How do you see this in the world?

            How do you confront this in your daily life?

 

How often do you think about standing before God at the end of this age?

            Are we to think about it?  Why or why not?

 


Mat 5:10-16

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Why would we be blessed for being persecuted?

Why would we be blessed for being insulted?

 Have you faced persecution? 

            How did it happen?  How did you handle it?

 What kind of an impact do you think you are having on those around you?

            What would being salt and light look like to the people around you?

How often do you think about living in such a way as to have a godly impact on those around you?

 How does satan attack you for standing up for your faith?

 


 Mat 5:43-48

You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Who is your neighbor?

Are there people in your life that are hard to love?

            What should you do?

            How can you love these people?

 How often do you pray for the people that are giving you problems in life?

 What do you think about the statement, “be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect?”

            Why would God say this?

            Why does He include this in a section talking about loving other?

 Who are the people in your life that are hard to love?

            How can you pray for them?

 


 Mat 22:35-40

35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

What does it mean to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and mind?

            How would that look in our daily lives?

                        At home?

                        At work?

Who is your neighbor?

            What would it look like for you to love them?

 Why are these to commandments so powerful?

 What are the hindrances or obstacles you face as you seek to live these commands out?

 


 James 2:1-10

My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. 2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. 3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here's a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

5 Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?

8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.

 What is favoritism?  How do we show it in our lives?

 Are there people you look down on?  Why?

 Are there people you look up to?  Why?

 How does God view people?

 Where in your life do you have to battle showing favoritism?

 How can God help you in this area?

 


 Eph 4:25-32

Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each

What is a lie?

            Is any lie acceptable? 

Why would you be tempted to lie to someone?

What makes you angry?

            How do you deal with it?

            Do you stay angry for long periods of time?  Do you carry a grudge?

 How would unresolved anger give the devil a foothold?

 What sins do you struggle with the most?

            Why do you think you struggle with these?

 When the Holy Spirit convicts you, what do you usually do?

            Are there areas of your life when you have grown spiritually hard?   Why?

 Are there areas where you are allowing yourself to practice sin?  Why?

How can your group help each other have victory over sin?


 

Gal 5:13-18

13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

 What do you think it means, “use your freedom to indulge the flesh?”

 Why is that contrasted with loving and serving each other?

 What is the flesh?  How does it act?

 Have you ever experienced a time when you were involved in “devouring each other?”

            What happened?   How did it end?

 How do we walk in the Spirit?

 The flesh and Spirit are in conflict, what decides which one will win?

 What does it look like to be led by the Spirit in our daily lives?