First Things: Discipleship (Week 2)

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(Leader’s Note: This new material will work in conjunction with our First Things sermon series. Each week, we will explore Sunday’s main teaching Scripture.)

Prayer and Reading
Open your time in prayer and read aloud Mark 8:31-37.

Knowing the Scripture
(Goal: To help the group get clear on the meaning of the passage. What is the message or point?)

  1. According to these verses, what does Jesus require of those who want to be His disciples?
  2. What is Jesus communicating when He says, “Whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it”?
  3. What does Jesus mean by saying, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves”?
  4. In a few words, what is Jesus’ central point in Mark 8:34-37?


Reflecting on the Passage
(Goal: To help group members meaningfully reflect on how this passage is important for their personal lives. How does this message interact with our personal lives?)

  1. Through this passage of Scripture, we understand that some things in us must die and some things must be denied as we follow Jesus. How have you experienced this as a follower of Christ?
  2. In what ways have you avoided self-denial as a follower of Jesus? Where do you need help?
  3. Take 5 minutes of silent reflection on what you just discussed. What are your desired areas of growth in your discipleship to Jesus? Ask the Holy Spirit to refresh and increase your commitment to being a disciple of Jesus.
  4. As a group, share about your time in silent reflection and prayer.


Applying the Passage
(Goal: To help people proactively respond to God’s call for them according to what they personally learned from the passage of Scripture. What practical aspects of this passage and discussion is God inviting me to implement into my life?)

  1. Throughout the week, commit to pray for one another’s desired areas of renewed, committed discipleship to Jesus.
  2. Ask one another: What practical support would you like in your discipleship to Christ?


Closing Prayer