Apr 10, 2022 |Let's Be That

Relational and Missional Discipleship

04.10.22 | Let's Be That

Relational and Missional Discipleship

James Granger

Matthew 4:15-22

We all have people and voices influencing our lives. Who or what do you follow? Pastor James Granger walks us through our final core value of pursuing relational and missional discipleship. May we pursue Christ and Christ alone with our everything.

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Relational and Missional Discipleship

Discipleship is the lifelong journey of being changed by, following, and becoming more like Jesus. This messy and grace-driven process happens best through the mutual sharing of our lives, with the Great Commandment at its heart and the Great Commission as its trajectory.


Rabbi: master teacher


Talmid: scholar


Jesus went to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” As he passed alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew, Simon’s brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. “Follow me,” Jesus told them, “and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. Going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat putting their nets in order. Immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him. They went into Capernaum, and right away he entered the synagogue on the Sabbath and began to teach. They were astonished at his teaching because he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not like the scribes.

Mark 1:14-22

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me will find it. For what will it benefit someone if he gains the whole world yet loses his life? Or what will anyone give in exchange for his life?

Matthew 16:24-26

“Truly I tell you,” Jesus said, “there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for my sake and for the sake of the gospel, who will not receive a hundred times more, now at this time— houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions— and eternal life in the age to come. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

Mark 10:29-31

“No one can serve two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Matthew 6:24

The eleven disciples traveled to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped, but some doubted. Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:16-20

Imitate me, as I also imitate Christ.

1 Corinthians 11:1

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14

You pore over the Scriptures because you think you have eternal life in them, and yet they testify about me.

John 5:39

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

John 17:17

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive him because it doesn’t see him or know him. But you do know him, because he remains with you and will be in you. “I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Because I live, you will live too.

John 14:16-19

But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into him who is the head  — Christ. From him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building itself up in love by the proper working of each individual part.

Ephesians 4:15-16

What people or ideologies are commonly followed in our culture today? Who or what are you tempted to follow instead of Jesus?
Read Matthew 4:15-22. When did you first feel compelled to follow Jesus? How has the mission and purpose of your life changed as a result?
Read Matthew 28:16-20, where Jesus commands His disciples to “go, therefore, and make disciples” themselves. Who are some people who “went” in order for you to hear about Jesus?
Have you had the opportunity to help others grow as disciples of Jesus? How did that impact your own faith walk with Jesus?
One of the primary ways we can follow closely after Jesus is through dedication to knowing and following the truth of the Bible. Challenge: Choose one of the Gospel accounts, and commit to reading the entire thing at least once between now and Easter Sunday. Try to identify a few specific promises, commands, or truths you can choose to remember going forward.