THE WAY is totally and uniquely a course of study about Jesus, from Jesus, and by Jesus. THE WAY unpacks the substance of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus who is being transformed. Although it’s designed for small group discipleship, individual participation is essential for the transformational growth to materialize. In other words, making disciples begins with you becoming a disciple. It starts with you!
This is a prime principle of Jesus throughout his teachings. In his first full seminar in Matthew 5-7, Jesus urges his followers, “When you’re giving, praying or fasting, you’re to do these things privately before God and not as a show to impress others.”
Jesus also warns against attempting to correct others before you self-correct. He says, “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:3-5
We see this same priority toward paying attention to yourself first and foremost before you monitor or advise another, when Jesus and Peter have their last discussion. Jesus informs Peter how he is going to age and die. Jesus ended his prophetic word to Peter with, “Follow Me!” Peter, turning around, saw John following them and Peter seeing him said to Jesus, “Lord, and what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!” John 21:19-22 Hear Jesus’ words to Peter. It’s emphatic!
“You, on your part, follow me! John is none of your business!”
Let’s just imagine that we are sitting across the table from one another and you are wondering how to be a disciple and to make disciples of Jesus. What would that look like for you? I have three suggestions to encourage you along.
FIRST: Ask Jesus for his wisdom and direction. Tell him what you want!
SECOND: Begin THE WAY
on your own. As you are praying for what Jesus is going to teach you, make this experience about your heart and needs. Be as open and honest as you can!
THIRD: Consider who else you would feel comfortable discussing such matters with. Who comes to mind, when you contemplate meeting with 2 or 3 others? FOUR: Pray for each one of these friends who have come to mind. Now, wait and see what happens.
Start alone and watch a group break out! Why? Because this is what’s on the heart of Jesus.