July 24: The Consummation of Discipleship (Colossians 1:28-29)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
This Sunday Josh Herring will continue a series called Christians Creating Culture: An Examination of Gospel Identity, True Community, and Cultural Flourishing at 9:00am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the Old Testament).
 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.  For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
In our passage, Paul shares personally about his ministry of discipleship. Paul’s discipleship was singularly focused on the message and mystery now revealed in Jesus, our hope of glory. This is the foundation of all discipleship. Yet Paul also speaks candidly about the struggles and challenges he faces as he works for the spiritual good of others. He is not silent about the suffering related to serving others but does so with an eye to the last day where he will present everyone he disciples before God perfect and complete. Paul’s discipleship was so successful because he had an eye on eternity, rejoicing over the fruit and pleasure of presenting a people complete and thankful. What is your understanding of discipleship? Do you have a long-term view as you seek to overcome the struggles with seeking the spiritual good of others?
Review and Apply
Explain how you are helping others know God better and live before him in your current relationships.
How does modeling help others learn about God? Give personal examples of how you have benefited for someone’s example.
What are your greatest challenges in seeking the spiritual good of others?
How do Paul’s words, ‘struggling with all his energy’ encourage you to move beyond fear in discipling others?
How often do you think about the last day when Jesus will return in glory and power?
How are your efforts toward others in the present preparing both you and them to be presented perfect in Christ on that last day?