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Key Thought:

We are all called to be disciples of Jesus.

Key Quote

“You’re supposed to be unqualified! You’re not supposed to have it all together! …God uses imperfect people.” Pastor Bil Cornelius

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • What’s the nicest place you’ve ever taken a walk?
  • If you could meet any person in the world, past or present, who would you meet?
  • What is something you’re really bad at doing, but people ask you to do it anyway?
  • What’s your favorite hobby that isn’t related to your work?

Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • Why is spending time with God so important?
  • What are practical ways you can grow in your walk with Christ?
  • What does it mean to choose Jesus over all others?
  • How does loving God first impact how we love other people?

Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • Where’s a meaningful place that you like to spend time with God?
  • Is there somewhere in your life that God is asking you to sacrifice for him?
  • How can you model servanthood to those around you?
  • What is the lie you find yourself believing? What is the truth to counter that lie?

Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, thank you for being a patient, humble, and servant-hearted teacher. Help us to become more like you as we spend time in your Word. In your name we pray, Amen.

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • Pick a place where you and Jesus can meet and spend time together.
  • Pray and ask God to reveal where you need to repent and produce more fruit.
  • Identify God’s truth about you that counters a lie you believe and hold onto that truth.
  • Commit to modeling servant leadership like Jesus this week.


As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him. Matthew 9:9 NLT

“IF you want to be my disciple you must come and follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And IF they follow me, the Father will honor them.” John 12:26 NLT

“The plan was that they would be with him and then he would send them out to proclaim the Word.” Mark 3:14a MSG

If you want to be my disciple, you must, by comparison, hate everyone else—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. 27 And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:26-27 NLT

Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The LORD our God is the one and only LORD. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ Mark 12:29-30 NLT

“IF you continue to obey my teaching, you are truly my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 NCV

“IF you continue to live in me and what I say lives in you, then ask for anything you want, and it will be yours. You give glory to my Father when you produce a lot of fruit and therefore show that you are my disciples.” John 15:7-8 GW

He sat down and called the twelve apostles. He told them, “Whoever wants to be the most important person must take the last place and be a servant to everyone else.” Mark 9:35 GW

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name.. Philippians 2:5-9 ESV

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:10 NKJV

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