Big Picture Growing Christian Discipleship . What's life about
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If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. 2 Cor 5:17

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Paul talks of the purpose of the Christian life in terms of a fruitfulness that is developed through being rooted in Jesus, and strengthened in the faith. Of course in order for this to happen a person must be planted in the faith and nurtured.

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Bible Zone


Jesus appeals to people to enter into life with Him.  Jesus describes the person who has come into life with Him.

  1. What must a person have done inn order to receive this life?
  2. What are the consequences of entering into life - past, present & future?

John 5:  24 "I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.


The life that God is looking for is one that reflects Him and produces a fruit that comes from His life at work in us. 1 Corinthians 13:11-13

  1. What is it that will last forever?
  2. How do you live out these things?

1 Corinthians 13: 11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.* All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

  13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

More on how the Bible teaches that these things are developed.


A life that has been strengthened by God is seen by responses to tough situations. It is the outworking of a life enriched by God that enriches others as they take God’s strength into a needy world.

  1. What has God done in a believer’s heart to make them strong?
  2. How is this strength observed from the outside?
  3. How does the believer experience this strength?

2 Corinthians 4:  6 For God, who said, "Let there be light in the darkness," has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.

  7 We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.* This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.


Those who are rooted in God have a source of life that means they can flourish no matter what difficulties surround them.  Instead of being crushed, they are strengthened by trials of life. They have the inner resources to show love when others dole out excuses.

  1. How are the two types of people contrasted here?
  2. What are the consequences of having roots that go into God through trust?

Jeremiah 17:  5 This is what the LORD says: "Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans,   who rely on human strength   and turn their hearts away from the LORD. 6 They are like stunted shrubs in the desert,   with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness,   in an uninhabited salty land.

7 "But blessed are those who trust in the LORD   and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. 8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank,   with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat   or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green,   and they never stop producing fruit.


If we understand the spiritual soil, environment and circumstances then we are not so surprised by the events around us and can go forwards with God.

  1. What criticism did Jesus lay at the feet of these religious people?
  2. What value does Jesus place on understanding what is going on spiritually?

Matthew 16:  1 One day the Pharisees and Sadducees came to test Jesus, demanding that he show them a miraculous sign from heaven to prove his authority.

  2 He replied, "You know the saying, 'Red sky at night means fair weather tomorrow;3 red sky in the morning means foul weather all day.' You know how to interpret the weather signs in the sky, but you don't know how to interpret the signs of the times!*4 Only an evil, adulterous generation would demand a miraculous sign, but the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah.*" Then Jesus left them and went away.

Planting Life

Jesus called on His disciples to make disciples.  This seems an awesome task, yet He has not left us alone in it. It is a partnership with Him.

  1. What is Jesus’ part in this great commission that He gave us, His people?
  2. What are we asked to do in it?
  3. How do we do this with Jesus?

Matthew 28:  18 Jesus came and told his disciples, "I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,* baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

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