Men’s Discipleship Bible Study

 

Description and Purpose

This web page supports the weekly discipleship-oriented men’s Bible study that Life Church launched in February 2020. It contains both general resources for the Men’s Bible Study and resources specific to the sessions we have conducted so far.


The Bible

Doing the Bible is the first of our Core Values at Life Church and in order to do the Bible we have to learn the Bible. This section contains some Bible resources and some links to supplemental information about the Bible.

See the Following Jesus: Focus On The Message Class web page.


Following Jesus

This Bible Study is an expression of our 7-component discipleship curriculum: Following Jesus. It draws specifically from the first component: Focus on the Message.


Sessions

In this section you’ll find each of the Bible Study sessions that we’ve conducted listed in chronological order. As we mentioned above, the sessions are based largely on the Bible Study from Following Jesus: Focus on the Message. The “Additional resources to check out” section of each session includes a link to the related section of Focus on the Message.

2020 Men’s Discipleship Bible Study Sessions

Follow this link to the 2020 Sessions of the Men’s Discipleship Bible Study.

Current Men’s Discipleship Bible Study Sessions

Session 45 – 01/06/2021

Agenda (tentative)

Notes (what we actually covered)

Session 46 – 01/13/2021

Agenda (tentative)

Notes (what we actually covered)

Session 47 – 01/20/2021

Agenda (tentative)

Notes (what we actually covered)

  •  Icebreaker: Current Events
  • Mac Crawford – Following Jesus: Focus On The Message – Unit 2, Lesson 12 – Matthew 4:23-25
  • Matthew 12
    • Not covered
  • Discipleship
    • Planning joint social events with people you are evangelizing.
    • Paula Gooder Videos
      • Disciples learn by following Jesus and being in his presence.
      • There is a big difference between what is taught and what is learned. The church is most effective as a learning environment when people are actually sent out to do something.
      • Jesus sends disciples out before we would think that they were ready.
      • My job is to throw you into the deep end of the pool and watch you discover that you won’t drown.
  • The Chosen

Session 48 – 01/27/2021

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Notes (what we actually covered)

Session 49 – 02/03/2021

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Notes (what we actually covered)

Session 50 – 02/10/2021

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Notes (what we actually covered)

Session 51 – 02/17/2021

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Notes (what we actually covered)

Session 52 – 02/24/2021

Agenda (tentative)

Notes (what we actually covered)

Session 53 – 03/03/2021

Agenda (tentative)

Notes (what we actually covered)

Session 54 – 03/10/2021

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Notes (what we actually covered)

Session 55 – 03/17/2021

Agenda (tentative)

Notes (what we actually covered)

  • Icebreaker: General conversation, prayer requests
  • Mack – Following Jesus: Focus On The Message – Unit 3, Lesson 5 – Matthew 5:27-30 – Adultery (postponed)
  • Bearing Fruit
    • Parable of the Sower
    • Ladder of Abstraction – concrete language
    • What is a disciple and how do I know when I’ve made one?
    • Farming: seed, field, how to harvest
    • Fishing: nets, location, how to cook
  • Salvation
  • This is what salvation looks like.
    • People who have been captivated by Jesus.
    • People following Jesus in order to learn from him.
    • People abandoning their past teachers in favor of learning directly from Jesus.
    • People accepted by Jesus and not at all anxious about whether they are “in” or “out”.
    • With salvation we receive a “superpower” – the ability to pay attention to Jesus.
      • This is the flip side of the “faith” that is the evidence of salvation.
      • What we do with this “superpower” will determine the course of our spiritual life.
  • Matthew’s Gospel (Chapter 14 postponed)
  • Additional resources to check out:

Session 56 – 03/24/2021

Agenda (tentative)

Notes (what we actually covered)

  • Icebreaker: General conversation, prayer requests
  • Mack – Following Jesus: Focus On The Message – Unit 3, Lesson 5 – Matthew 5:27-30 – Adultery
  • Bearing Fruit
    • Parable of the Sower
    • Ladder of Abstraction – concrete language
    • What is a disciple and how do I know when I’ve made one?
    • Farming: seed, field, how to harvest
    • Fishing: nets, location, how to cook
  • Salvation
  • This is what salvation looks like.
    • People who have been captivated by Jesus.
    • People following Jesus in order to learn from him.
    • People abandoning their past teachers in favor of learning directly from Jesus.
    • People accepted by Jesus and not at all anxious about whether they are “in” or “out”.
    • With salvation we receive a “superpower” – the ability to pay attention to Jesus.
      • This is the flip side of the “faith” that is the evidence of salvation.
      • What we do with this “superpower” will determine the course of our spiritual life.
  • Matthew’s Gospel (Chapter 14 postponed)
  • Additional resources to check out:

Session 57 – 03/31/2021

Agenda (tentative)

  • March 31, 2021 Handout
  • Icebreaker: Highs and Lows
  • Mack – Following Jesus: Focus On The Message – Unit 3, Lesson 6 – Matthew 5:31-32 – Divorce
  • Building From Scratch
    • Key concepts are often framed in an important way the first time they appear in scripture!
      • Salvation
      • The Gospel
      • Conversion
    • Salvation
      • The Bible uses many terms to describe a single experience from multiple perspectives:
        • Believer, Born Again, Christian, Disciple, Follower of Jesus, Saints, Saved
        • See Following Jesus: Introduction – Lesson 2
      • The Gospels give us a picture of what salvation looks like.
      • This is what salvation looks like.
        • People who have been captivated by Jesus.
        • People following Jesus in order to learn from him.
        • People abandoning their past teachers in favor of learning directly from Jesus.
        • People accepted by Jesus and not at all anxious about whether they are “in” or “out”.
      • With salvation we receive a “superpower” – the ability to distinguish between Jesus and other sources and to pay attention to Jesus.
        • “I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.  The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep.  The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.  But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”  – John 10:1-5 (NIV)
        • This is the flip side of the “faith” that is the evidence of salvation.
        • What we do with this “superpower” will determine the course of our spiritual life.
      • Calvinism vs. Arminianism
    • The Gospel
      • What is the Gospel?
        • Find the first proclamation of the Gospel by searching through the beginning of each gospel.
      • Can you confidently explain the gospel to someone else in less than two minutes?
        • Are there any pieces of the Gospel that you don’t understand (e.g. the Kingdom of God)?
        • Illustration: Sports (e.g. basketball) and recognition of skill deficits.
        • If so, you now know what you need to work on!
    • Modeling Conversion
      • Compare 2 paradigms:
        • Salvation as a free gift.
        • Salvation as a commitment to following and obeying Jesus.
        • Salvation as a free gift:
        • Illustration: Free tickets to a show I can’t afford.
        • Salvation as a commitment to following and obeying Jesus.
        • Illustration: Free membership to a gym with a trainer.
        • Illustration: Scholarship to college with a faculty advisor.
      • What is the normal path to conversion (i.e. becoming a follower)?
        • Gospel proclamation (e.g. The Kingdom of God is here)
        • Saving faith (includes the “superpower” ability to pay attention to Jesus)
        • Acts of commitment (e.g. baptism, “Jesus is Lord”, joining family of believers)
        • Discipleship
      • Let’s use Peter’s Pentecost sermon as a model:
        • “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
          When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
          Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off — for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
          With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”  Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
          They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  – Acts 2:36-42 (NIV)
        • Peter: God has made this Jesus . . . both Lord and Christ.
        • People: What shall we do?
          • This indicates that Peter’s message has generated saving faith in some of his audience!
          • We need to leave space for an indication that saving faith has been generated!
        • Peter: Repent and be baptized . . .
          • Peter responds to their faith by “opening the door” to the Kingdom.
        • Outcome:
          • They responded and 3,000 men were added to their number.
          • They devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching . . .
  • Matthew’s Gospel
  • Additional resources to check out:

Notes (what we actually covered)

  • Icebreaker: General conversation, prayer requests
  • Mack – Following Jesus: Focus On The Message – Unit 3, Lesson 6 – Matthew 5:31-32 – Divorce
  • Building From Scratch
    • Key concepts are often framed in an important way the first time they appear in scripture!
      • Salvation
      • The Gospel
      • Conversion
    • Salvation
      • The Bible uses many terms to describe a single experience from multiple perspectives:
        • Believer, Born Again, Christian, Disciple, Follower of Jesus, Saints, Saved
        • See Following Jesus: Introduction – Lesson 2
      • The Gospels give us a picture of what salvation looks like.
      • This is what salvation looks like.
        • People who have been captivated by Jesus.
        • People following Jesus in order to learn from him.
        • People abandoning their past teachers in favor of learning directly from Jesus.
        • People accepted by Jesus and not at all anxious about whether they are “in” or “out”.
      • With salvation we receive a “superpower” – the ability to distinguish between Jesus and other sources and to pay attention to Jesus.
        • “I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.  The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep.  The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.  But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”  – John 10:1-5 (NIV)
        • This is the flip side of the “faith” that is the evidence of salvation.
        • What we do with this “superpower” will determine the course of our spiritual life.
      • Calvinism vs. Arminianism
    • The Gospel
      • What is the Gospel?
        • Find the first proclamation of the Gospel by searching through the beginning of each gospel.
      • Can you confidently explain the gospel to someone else in less than two minutes?
        • Are there any pieces of the Gospel that you don’t understand (e.g. the Kingdom of God)?
        • Illustration: Sports (e.g. basketball) and recognition of skill deficits.
        • If so, you now know what you need to work on!
    • Modeling Conversion
      • Compare 2 paradigms:
        • Salvation as a free gift.
        • Salvation as a commitment to following and obeying Jesus.
        • Salvation as a free gift:
        • Illustration: Free tickets to a show I can’t afford.
        • Salvation as a commitment to following and obeying Jesus.
        • Illustration: Free membership to a gym with a trainer.
        • Illustration: Scholarship to college with a faculty advisor.
      • What is the normal path to conversion (i.e. becoming a follower)?
        • Gospel proclamation (e.g. The Kingdom of God is here)
        • Saving faith (includes the “superpower” ability to pay attention to Jesus)
        • Acts of commitment (e.g. baptism, “Jesus is Lord”, joining family of believers)
        • Discipleship
      • Let’s use Peter’s Pentecost sermon as a model:
        • “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
          When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
          Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off — for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
          With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”  Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
          They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  – Acts 2:36-42 (NIV)
        • Peter: God has made this Jesus . . . both Lord and Christ.
        • People: What shall we do?
          • This indicates that Peter’s message has generated saving faith in some of his audience!
          • We need to leave space for an indication that saving faith has been generated!
        • Peter: Repent and be baptized . . .
          • Peter responds to their faith by “opening the door” to the Kingdom.
        • Outcome:
          • They responded and 3,000 men were added to their number.
          • They devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching . . .
  • Matthew’s Gospel (Chapter 14 postponed)
  • Additional resources to check out:

Session 58 – 04/07/2021

Agenda (tentative)

  • April 7, 2021 Handout
  • Icebreaker: Highs and Lows
  • Spending time with Jesus.
  • Reynolds – Following Jesus: Focus On The Message – Unit 3, Lesson 7 – Matthew 5:33-37 – Oaths
  • Building From Scratch
    • Key concepts are often framed in an important way the first time they appear in scripture!
      • Salvation
      • The Gospel
      • Conversion
    • Salvation
      • The Bible uses many terms to describe a single experience from multiple perspectives:
        • Believer, Born Again, Christian, Disciple, Follower of Jesus, Saints, Saved
        • See Following Jesus: Introduction – Lesson 2
      • The Gospels give us a picture of what salvation looks like.
      • This is what salvation looks like.
        • People who have been captivated by Jesus.
        • People following Jesus in order to learn from him.
        • People abandoning their past teachers in favor of learning directly from Jesus.
        • People accepted by Jesus and not at all anxious about whether they are “in” or “out”.
      • With salvation we receive a “superpower” – the ability to distinguish between Jesus and other sources and to pay attention to Jesus.
        • “I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.  The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep.  The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.  But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”  – John 10:1-5 (NIV)
        • This is the flip side of the “faith” that is the evidence of salvation.
        • What we do with this “superpower” will determine the course of our spiritual life.
      • Calvinism vs. Arminianism
    • The Gospel
      • What is the Gospel?
        • Find the first proclamation of the Gospel by searching through the beginning of each gospel.
      • Can you confidently explain the gospel to someone else in less than two minutes?
        • Are there any pieces of the Gospel that you don’t understand (e.g. the Kingdom of God)?
        • Illustration: Sports (e.g. basketball) and recognition of skill deficits.
        • If so, you now know what you need to work on!
    • Modeling Conversion
      • Compare 2 paradigms:
        • Salvation as a free gift.
        • Salvation as a commitment to following and obeying Jesus.
        • Salvation as a free gift:
        • Illustration: Free tickets to a show I can’t afford.
        • Salvation as a commitment to following and obeying Jesus.
        • Illustration: Free membership to a gym with a trainer.
        • Illustration: Scholarship to college with a faculty advisor.
      • What is the normal path to conversion (i.e. becoming a follower)?
        • Gospel proclamation (e.g. The Kingdom of God is here)
        • Saving faith (includes the “superpower” ability to pay attention to Jesus)
        • Acts of commitment (e.g. baptism, “Jesus is Lord”, joining family of believers)
        • Discipleship
      • Let’s use Peter’s Pentecost sermon as a model:
        • “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
          When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
          Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off — for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
          With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”  Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
          They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  – Acts 2:36-42 (NIV)
        • Peter: God has made this Jesus . . . both Lord and Christ.
        • People: What shall we do?
          • This indicates that Peter’s message has generated saving faith in some of his audience!
          • We need to leave space for an indication that saving faith has been generated!
        • Peter: Repent and be baptized . . .
          • Peter responds to their faith by “opening the door” to the Kingdom.
        • Outcome:
          • They responded and 3,000 men were added to their number.
          • They devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching . . .
  • Matthew’s Gospel
  • Additional resources to check out:

Notes (what we actually covered)

Session 59 – 04/14/2021

Agenda (tentative)

  • April 14, 2021 Handout
  • Icebreaker: Highs and Lows
  • Spending time with Jesus.
  • Building From Scratch
    • Key concepts are often framed in an important way the first time they appear in scripture!
      • Salvation
      • The Gospel
      • Conversion
    • Salvation
      • The Bible uses many terms to describe a single experience from multiple perspectives:
        • Believer, Born Again, Christian, Disciple, Follower of Jesus, Saints, Saved
        • See Following Jesus: Introduction – Lesson 2
      • The Gospels give us a picture of what salvation looks like.
      • This is what salvation looks like.
        • People who have been captivated by Jesus.
        • People following Jesus in order to learn from him.
        • People abandoning their past teachers in favor of learning directly from Jesus.
        • People accepted by Jesus and not at all anxious about whether they are “in” or “out”.
      • With salvation we receive a “superpower” – the ability to distinguish between Jesus and other sources and to pay attention to Jesus.
        • “I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.  The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep.  The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.  But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”  – John 10:1-5 (NIV)
        • This is the flip side of the “faith” that is the evidence of salvation.
        • What we do with this “superpower” will determine the course of our spiritual life.
      • Calvinism vs. Arminianism
    • The Gospel
      • What is the Gospel?
        • Find the first proclamation of the Gospel by searching through the beginning of each gospel.
      • Can you confidently explain the gospel to someone else in less than two minutes?
        • Are there any pieces of the Gospel that you don’t understand (e.g. the Kingdom of God)?
        • Illustration: Sports (e.g. basketball) and recognition of skill deficits.
        • If so, you now know what you need to work on!
    • Modeling Conversion
      • Compare 2 paradigms:
        • Salvation as a free gift.
        • Salvation as a commitment to following and obeying Jesus.
        • Salvation as a free gift:
        • Illustration: Free tickets to a show I can’t afford.
        • Salvation as a commitment to following and obeying Jesus.
        • Illustration: Free membership to a gym with a trainer.
        • Illustration: Scholarship to college with a faculty advisor.
      • What is the normal path to conversion (i.e. becoming a follower)?
        • Gospel proclamation (e.g. The Kingdom of God is here)
        • Saving faith (includes the “superpower” ability to pay attention to Jesus)
        • Acts of commitment (e.g. baptism, “Jesus is Lord”, joining family of believers)
        • Discipleship
      • Let’s use Peter’s Pentecost sermon as a model:
        • “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
          When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
          Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off — for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
          With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”  Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
          They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  – Acts 2:36-42 (NIV)
        • Peter: God has made this Jesus . . . both Lord and Christ.
        • People: What shall we do?
          • This indicates that Peter’s message has generated saving faith in some of his audience!
          • We need to leave space for an indication that saving faith has been generated!
        • Peter: Repent and be baptized . . .
          • Peter responds to their faith by “opening the door” to the Kingdom.
        • Outcome:
          • They responded and 3,000 men were added to their number.
          • They devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching . . .
  • Matthew’s Gospel
  • Additional resources to check out:

Notes (what we actually covered)

Session 60 – 04/21/2021

Agenda (tentative)

Notes (what we actually covered)

Session 61 – 04/28/2021

Agenda (tentative)

Notes (what we actually covered)

Session 62 – 05/05/2021

Agenda (tentative)

  • May 5 2021 Handout
  • Icebreaker: Highs and Lows
  • Lou: Matthew 5:38-42 – An Eye for an Eye (postponed)
  • Matthew’s Gospel
    • Matthew 14
    • Matthew 15
      • Clean and Unclean
        • Matthew 15:1-20; Mark 7:1-23;
        • Bad Behavior
          • Vice lists: Matthew 15:19-20; Mark 7:21-23; 1 Corinthians 6:9–10; Galatians 5:19-21; ; Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5-6; 1 Peter 4:3; Rev 21:8; 22:15
          • Matthew 15:
            • murder
            • adultery
            • sexual immorality
            • theft
            • false testimony
            • slander
          • Mark 7: sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly
          • 1 Corinthians 6: sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers
          • Galatians 5: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like
          • Ephesians 5: No immoral, impure or greedy person
          • Colossians 3: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry
          • 1 Peter 4: debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry
          • Revelation 21: cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars
  • Additional resources to check out:

Notes (what we actually covered)

Session 63 – 05/12/2021

Agenda (tentative)

  • May 12 2021 Handout
  • Icebreaker: Highs and Lows
  • Lou: Matthew 5:38-42 – An Eye for an Eye (postponed)
  • Discipleship Update – How are we doing?
    • Fishing with a line.
    • Fishing with a net.
    • Five Thresholds
  • Matthew’s Gospel
    • Matthew 15
      • Clean and Unclean
        • Matthew 15:1-20; Mark 7:1-23;
        • Bad Behavior
          • Vice lists: Matthew 15:19-20; Mark 7:21-23; 1 Corinthians 6:9–10; Galatians 5:19-21; ; Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5-6; 1 Peter 4:3; Rev 21:8; 22:15
          • Matthew 15:
            • murder
            • adultery
            • sexual immorality
            • theft
            • false testimony
            • slander
          • Mark 7: sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly
          • 1 Corinthians 6: sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers
          • Galatians 5: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like
          • Ephesians 5: No immoral, impure or greedy person
          • Colossians 3: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry
          • 1 Peter 4: debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry
          • Revelation 21: cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars
  • Additional resources to check out:

Notes (what we actually covered)

Session 64 – 05/19/2021

Agenda (tentative)

  • May 19 2021 Handout
  • Icebreaker: Highs and Lows
  • Lou: Matthew 5:38-42 – An Eye for an Eye (postponed)
  • Discipleship Update – How are we doing?
    • The importance of carrying evangelism and discipleship through to completion.
    • Watch the Five Thresholds videos on the 2nd and 3rd thresholds: Curiosity and Openness to Change.
  • Matthew’s Gospel
    • Matthew 15
      • Clean and Unclean
        • Matthew 15:1-20; Mark 7:1-23;
        • Bad Behavior
          • Vice lists: Matthew 15:19-20; Mark 7:21-23; 1 Corinthians 6:9–10; Galatians 5:19-21; ; Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5-6; 1 Peter 4:3; Rev 21:8; 22:15
          • Matthew 15:
            • murder
            • adultery
            • sexual immorality
            • theft
            • false testimony
            • slander
          • Mark 7: sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly
          • 1 Corinthians 6: sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers
          • Galatians 5: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like
          • Ephesians 5: No immoral, impure or greedy person
          • Colossians 3: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry
          • 1 Peter 4: debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry
          • Revelation 21: cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars
  • Additional resources to check out:

Notes (what we actually covered)

Session 65 – 05/26/2021

Agenda (tentative)

  • May 26, 2021 Handout
  • Icebreaker: Highs and Lows
  • Lou: Matthew 5:38-42 – An Eye for an Eye
  • Discipleship Update – How are we doing?
    • The importance of carrying evangelism and discipleship through to completion.
    • Watch the Five Thresholds videos on the 4th and 5th thresholds: Seeking and Following.
  • Matthew’s Gospel
    • Matthew 15
      • Clean and Unclean
        • Matthew 15:1-20; Mark 7:1-23;
        • Bad Behavior
          • Vice lists: Matthew 15:19-20; Mark 7:21-23; 1 Corinthians 6:9–10; Galatians 5:19-21; ; Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5-6; 1 Peter 4:3; Rev 21:8; 22:15
          • Matthew 15:
            • murder
            • adultery
            • sexual immorality
            • theft
            • false testimony
            • slander
          • Mark 7: sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly
          • 1 Corinthians 6: sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers
          • Galatians 5: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like
          • Ephesians 5: No immoral, impure or greedy person
          • Colossians 3: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry
          • 1 Peter 4: debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry
          • Revelation 21: cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars
  • Additional resources to check out:

Notes (what we actually covered)

Session 66 – 06/02/2021

Agenda (tentative)

  • June 2, 2021 Handout
  • Icebreaker: Highs and Lows
  • Discipleship Update – How are we doing?
    • The importance of carrying evangelism and discipleship through to completion.
    • Watch the Five Thresholds videos on the 4th and 5th thresholds: Seeking and Following.
  • Jesse: Matthew 5:43-48 – Love For Enemies (postponed)
  • Matthew’s Gospel
    • Matthew 15
      • Clean and Unclean
        • Matthew 15:1-20; Mark 7:1-23;
        • Bad Behavior
          • Vice lists: Matthew 15:19-20; Mark 7:21-23; 1 Corinthians 6:9–10; Galatians 5:19-21; ; Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5-6; 1 Peter 4:3; Rev 21:8; 22:15
          • Matthew 15:
            • murder
            • adultery
            • sexual immorality
            • theft
            • false testimony
            • slander
          • Mark 7: sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly
          • 1 Corinthians 6: sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers
          • Galatians 5: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like
          • Ephesians 5: No immoral, impure or greedy person
          • Colossians 3: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry
          • 1 Peter 4: debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry
          • Revelation 21: cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars
  • Additional resources to check out:

Notes (what we actually covered)

Session 67 – 06/09/2021

Agenda (tentative)

  • June 9, 2021 Handout
  • Icebreaker: Highs and Lows
  • Remembering Turhan
  • Jesse: Matthew 5:43-48 – Love For Enemies (postponed)
  • Matthew’s Gospel
    • Matthew 15
      • Clean and Unclean
        • Matthew 15:1-20; Mark 7:1-23;
        • Bad Behavior
          • Vice lists: Matthew 15:19-20; Mark 7:21-23; 1 Corinthians 6:9–10; Galatians 5:19-21; ; Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5-6; 1 Peter 4:3; Rev 21:8; 22:15
          • Matthew 15:
            • murder
            • adultery
            • sexual immorality
            • theft
            • false testimony
            • slander
          • Mark 7: sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly
          • 1 Corinthians 6: sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers
          • Galatians 5: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like
          • Ephesians 5: No immoral, impure or greedy person
          • Colossians 3: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry
          • 1 Peter 4: debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry
          • Revelation 21: cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars
  • Additional resources to check out:

Notes (what we actually covered)

  • Icebreaker: General conversation, prayer requests
  • Icebreaker: Highs and Lows
  • Remembering Turhan
  • Matthew’s Gospel
    • Matthew 15
      • Clean and Unclean
        • Matthew 15:1-20; Mark 7:1-23;
        • Bad Behavior
          • Vice lists: Matthew 15:19-20; Mark 7:21-23; 1 Corinthians 6:9–10; Galatians 5:19-21; ; Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5-6; 1 Peter 4:3; Rev 21:8; 22:15
          • Matthew 15:
            • murder
            • adultery
            • sexual immorality
            • theft
            • false testimony
            • slander
          • Mark 7: sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly
          • 1 Corinthians 6: sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers
          • Galatians 5: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like
          • Ephesians 5: No immoral, impure or greedy person
          • Colossians 3: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry
          • 1 Peter 4: debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry
          • Revelation 21: cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars
  • Additional resources to check out:
    • ?

Session 68 – 06/16/2021

Agenda (tentative)

  • June 16, 2021 Handout
  • Icebreaker: Highs and Lows
  • Remembering Turhan
  • Jesse: Matthew 5:43-48 – Love For Enemies
  • Matthew’s Gospel
    • Matthew 15
      • Clean and Unclean
        • Matthew 15:1-20; Mark 7:1-23;
        • Bad Behavior
          • Vice lists: Matthew 15:19-20; Mark 7:21-23; 1 Corinthians 6:9–10; Galatians 5:19-21; ; Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5-6; 1 Peter 4:3; Rev 21:8; 22:15
          • Matthew 15:
            • murder
            • adultery
            • sexual immorality
            • theft
            • false testimony
            • slander
          • Mark 7: sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly
          • 1 Corinthians 6: sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers
          • Galatians 5: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like
          • Ephesians 5: No immoral, impure or greedy person
          • Colossians 3: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry
          • 1 Peter 4: debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry
          • Revelation 21: cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars
  • Additional resources to check out:

Notes (what we actually covered)

  • Icebreaker: General conversation, prayer requests
  • Icebreaker: Highs and Lows
  • Remembering Turhan
  • Jesse: Matthew 5:43-48 – Love For Enemies
  • Video from from Life Church Discipleship Resources – YouTube
    • How NOT to do an evangelistic Bible study!

Session 69 – 06/23/2021

Agenda (tentative)

  • June 23, 2021 Handout
  • Icebreaker: Highs and Lows
  • Remembering Turhan
  • Reynolds: Matthew 6:1-4 – Giving to the Needy (postponed to 6/30/2021)
  • Matthew’s Gospel
    • Matthew 15
      • Clean and Unclean
        • Matthew 15:1-20; Mark 7:1-23;
        • Bad Behavior
          • Vice lists: Matthew 15:19-20; Mark 7:21-23; 1 Corinthians 6:9–10; Galatians 5:19-21; ; Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5-6; 1 Peter 4:3; Rev 21:8; 22:15
          • Matthew 15:
            • murder
            • adultery
            • sexual immorality
            • theft
            • false testimony
            • slander
          • Mark 7: sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly
          • 1 Corinthians 6: sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers
          • Galatians 5: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like
          • Ephesians 5: No immoral, impure or greedy person
          • Colossians 3: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry
          • 1 Peter 4: debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry
          • Revelation 21: cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars
  • Additional resources to check out:

Notes (what we actually covered)

Session 70 – 06/30/2021

Agenda (tentative)

  • June 30, 2021 Handout
  • Icebreaker: Highs and Lows
  • Reynolds: Matthew 6:1-4 – Giving to the Needy (postponed)
  • Matthew’s Gospel
    • Matthew 15
      • Clean and Unclean
        • Matthew 15:1-20; Mark 7:1-23;
        • Bad Behavior
          • Vice lists: Matthew 15:19-20; Mark 7:21-23; 1 Corinthians 6:9–10; Galatians 5:19-21; ; Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5-6; 1 Peter 4:3; Rev 21:8; 22:15
          • Matthew 15:
            • murder
            • adultery
            • sexual immorality
            • theft
            • false testimony
            • slander
          • Mark 7: sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly
          • 1 Corinthians 6: sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers
          • Galatians 5: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like
          • Ephesians 5: No immoral, impure or greedy person
          • Colossians 3: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry
          • 1 Peter 4: debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry
          • Revelation 21: cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars
  • Additional resources to check out:

Notes (what we actually covered)

  • Icebreaker: General conversation, prayer requests
  • Video from from Life Church Discipleship Resources – YouTube
    • “The 5 Elements of Effective Evangelism” by Becky Pippert

Session 71 – 09/01/2021

HandoutSeptember 1, 2021 Handout

Notes

  • Icebreaker: General conversation, prayer requests
  • We watched 2 of “The Five Thresholds” videos (available from Life Church Discipleship Resources – YouTube):
    • Threshold 1: Trust
    • Threshold 2: Curiosity
  • We discussed the upcoming Men’s Discipleship Group Outreach Project:
    We will identify groups / organizations / networks that help men in our community find and keep work. We will then form teams of at least 2 that will connect with these groups and develop relationships that will, over time, lead to winning and discipling men. As an additional benefit, our connections to these groups will make us better resources for our community.

Session 72 – 09/08/2021

HandoutSeptember 8, 2021 Handout

Notes

  • Icebreaker: General conversation
  • We watched a video from Ralph Neighbour’s “Life Basic Training” series (available from Life Church Discipleship Resources – YouTube):
  • We discussed the upcoming Men’s Discipleship Group Outreach Project:
    We will identify groups / organizations / networks that help men in our community find and keep work. We will then form teams of at least 2 that will connect with these groups and develop relationships that will, over time, lead to winning and discipling men. As an additional benefit, our connections to these groups will make us better resources for our community.

    • Phase 1
      1. Each of you will consult your personal networks to identify groups / organizations / networks that do at least 1 of the following:
        • Help men in our community get jobs. It doesn’t have to focus exclusively on men, but it must include men in the population that it serves. In other words, an organization that focuses exclusively on women is not a good choice for this project.
        • Mentor young men in our community.
        • Help men coming out of incarceration.
      2. We will review the results of our research and create a prioritized list targets to pursue.
      3. Form Partnerships
        • This IS NOT a solo project. Everyone needs to be part of a team!
        • Choose at least 1 partner!
        • If we end up with an odd number of participants, then we will need to have at least one group of 3 or more.
      4. Reach out to the targets and become a helpful part of their work.
    • Phase 2
      • We will develop our understanding of “The Five Thresholds” so that we’re able to competently determine what stage any given person is at.
      • We will work with our partners to monitor our relationships with our targets and prayerfully lead people through the five thresholds to a decision to follow Jesus.
    • Phase 3
      • We will disciple the people in our targets to commit to following Jesus.

Session 73 – 09/15/2021

HandoutSeptember 15, 2021 Handout

Notes

  • Icebreaker: General conversation
  • Lou volunteered to teach the next training lesson: Matthew 6:1, 5-15 – Prayer
  • We re-watched a video from Ralph Neighbour’s “Life Basic Training” series (available from Life Church Discipleship Resources – YouTube):
  • We discussed the upcoming Men’s Discipleship Group Outreach Project:
    We will identify groups / organizations / networks that help men in our community find and keep work. We will then form teams of at least 2 that will connect with these groups and develop relationships that will, over time, lead to winning and discipling men. As an additional benefit, our connections to these groups will make us better resources for our community.

    • Phase 1
      1. Each of you will consult your personal networks to identify groups / organizations / networks that do at least 1 of the following:
        • Help men in our community get jobs. It doesn’t have to focus exclusively on men, but it must include men in the population that it serves. In other words, an organization that focuses exclusively on women is not a good choice for this project.
        • Mentor young men in our community.
        • Help men coming out of incarceration.
      2. We will review the results of our research and create a prioritized list targets to pursue.
      3. Form Partnerships
        • This IS NOT a solo project. Everyone needs to be part of a team!
        • Choose at least 1 partner!
        • If we end up with an odd number of participants, then we will need to have at least one group of 3 or more.
      4. Reach out to the targets and become a helpful part of their work.
    • Phase 2
      • We will develop our understanding of “The Five Thresholds” so that we’re able to competently determine what stage any given person is at.
      • We will work with our partners to monitor our relationships with our targets and prayerfully lead people through the five thresholds to a decision to follow Jesus.
    • Phase 3
      • We will disciple the people in our targets to commit to following Jesus.
  • Matthew’s Gospel

Session 74 – 09/22/2021

HandoutSeptember 22, 2021 Handout

Notes

  • Icebreaker: General conversation
  • Lou: Matthew 6:1, 5-15 – Prayer (scheduled for 9/29/2021)
  • TBA: Matthew 6:1, 16-18 – Fasting
  • We presented passages related to discipleship
  • We discussed the upcoming Men’s Discipleship Group Outreach Project:
    We will identify groups / organizations / networks that help men in our community find and keep work. We will then form teams of at least 2 that will connect with these groups and develop relationships that will, over time, lead to winning and discipling men. As an additional benefit, our connections to these groups will make us better resources for our community.

    • Phase 1
      1. Each of you will consult your personal networks to identify groups / organizations / networks that do at least 1 of the following:
        • Help men in our community get jobs. It doesn’t have to focus exclusively on men, but it must include men in the population that it serves. In other words, an organization that focuses exclusively on women is not a good choice for this project.
        • Mentor young men in our community.
        • Help men coming out of incarceration.
      2. We will review the results of our research and create a prioritized list targets to pursue.
      3. Form Partnerships
        • This IS NOT a solo project. Everyone needs to be part of a team!
        • Choose at least 1 partner!
        • If we end up with an odd number of participants, then we will need to have at least one group of 3 or more.
      4. Reach out to the targets and become a helpful part of their work.
    • Phase 2
      • We will develop our understanding of “The Five Thresholds” so that we’re able to competently determine what stage any given person is at.
      • We will work with our partners to monitor our relationships with our targets and prayerfully lead people through the five thresholds to a decision to follow Jesus.
    • Phase 3
      • We will disciple the people in our targets to commit to following Jesus.
  • We watched videos from InterVarsity’s Five Thresholds web site:

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