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The "How To" of Discipleship

September 24, 2017 Speaker: Scott C. Jones Series: Discipleship: Encourage and Challenge

Topic: Topical Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:14, Hebrews 10:23–25, Hebrews 6:9–10, Ephesians 4:15, James 5:19–20, Hebrews 3:12–3:14, Mark 8:34–8:37

Encourage and Challenge: The “how To” of Discipleship




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Discipleship group questions

Launching Questions

  • If this is your first time gathering as a Discipleship Group, consider beginning your time together by sharing stories of how you came to trust Jesus. If you’re not a follower of Jesus, share how you came to be a part of this church/Discipleship Group.
  • Describe a time when you were deeply encouraged by someone else. What made that experience so impactful?
  • Describe a time when you were deeply challenged by someone else. What made that experience so impactful?


  • Regardless of how well you know each other at this point, offer encouragement to one another by pointing out what you find admirable/worth imitating in one another (consider each other’s stories which you’ve probably just heard). Ideally, see if each person can receive such input from every other person in the group.


  • Read Ephesians 4:15 aloud together. Do you tend to speak truth apart from love or attempt to love apart from speaking truth? Why might you have that tendency?
  • Read James 5:19-20 aloud together. What do you think these verses mean? What might this look like in your Discipleship Group over the next several months?
  • End your time by praying that God would break the barriers that keep us from encouraging and challenging one another. Pray that this D Group would to be a source of growth for each of you this semester.


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