Discussion Questions for Sermon Series "Christian" Part 1
How would you define “Christian”? Does the word have positive or negative connotations for you? Why?
What’s been your experience with church so far? Have most of the people you’ve met in churches been disciples or just Christians? How has that shaped your perception of Christians?
How have your interactions with Christians shaped your perception of Jesus?
Read John 13:34–35. How is Jesus’ description of what it looks like to be his disciple surprising?
Think about someone in your sphere of influence who is difficult to love. What is it about that person that makes him or her difficult to love? What is one thing you can do this week to show that person love?
What’s most intimidating about the idea of being a disciple of Jesus? What’s most compelling about it?
Can you imagine what your workplace and community would be like if you loved the way Jesus calls us to love? Can you imagine what would happen in our nation—in our world—if Christians everywhere began living like disciples? What if for the next three to six months, Christians committed to love the people around them?
If you’re a follower of Jesus, try it this week. To the best of your ability, by God’s grace, love the people around you. This isn’t a means to an end; you’re not going to fix people. This is better. This is being a disciple. It has the power to change your heart, your relationships, your community, and even the world.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34–35