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Go Therefore and Make Disciples


Our Relationship WIth Others


Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.  Proverbs 27:17

In submission we engage the experience of those in our fellowship who are qualified to direct our efforts in growth and who then add the weight of their wise authority on the side of our willing spirit, to help us do the things we would like to do and refrain from the things we don’t want to do.

                                                         Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy


As I have journeyed with Christ and others, I have found that we all need to ask, and be asked questions of the interior.  “Tough Questions” if you will…  The following are questions I have laminated and put in my wallet and the wallets of many others who want to live a life of transparency before Christ and one another.  They are not meant to be legalistic or judgmental.  Nor are they another way to “earn” God’s approval…  They are simply there to remind us of who is at the center of our lives.  They also realign us to think about issues that can quickly derail our faith if not addressed frequently.

1.  Have I spent quality time with Christ this week? (Bible, prayer, fellowship, & sharing Christ with others)

2.  Have I made healthy choices with drugs and alcohol?

3.  Have I had pure thoughts and made healthy choices with the opposite sex?

4.  Have I been honest with my family, friends, co-workers, & teachers?

5.  Have I encouraged others rather than using sarcasm or gossip?

6.  Does my use of time and money reflect who or what is important to me?

7.  Have I taken care of myself physically, mentally, and emotionally this week?

8.  Have I allowed God to use me as an instrument in the lives of others?

The word "fellowship" describes what should go on between ourselves and God, and between one another.  It means a 'living bond' or 'mutual abiding' walk in the light means to bring our deeds, both good and bad, into God's presence.  It is safe to walk with one another in the light.  Where there is light, things are clear and out in the open.  But it is treacherous to try to walk in the darkness with others...We all need the environment where we can talk openly about the things that are going on in our lives without fear of being rejected, gossiped about, or judged.  There is a great power in being a safe place for others. 

                                                         Jim Petersen, Lifestyle Discipleship

Intimate, accountable relationship with other believers is the foundation for growing in discipleship….The extent to which we are willing to reveal to others those areas of our life that need God’s transforming touch is the extent to which we are inviting the Holy Spirit to make us new.  Our willingness to enter into horizontal or relational intimacy is a statement of our true desire to invite the Lord to make over our lives.

                                                         Greg Ogden, Transforming Discipleship


  • As you think of the idea of submitting to one another, what is important about being transparent before God and others?
  • Which ones of the ‘tough questions’ do you feel like you need asked of you on a regular basis?
  • How will you apply the truths in this topic to your life this week?  Be specific.

verses related to this topic

  • Proverbs 11:14

    Proverbs 11:14

    Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory.

  • Proverbs 15:32

    Proverbs 15:32

    He who neglects discipline despises himself, but he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.

  • Proverbs 17:17

    Proverbs 17:17

    A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

  • Proverbs 27:17

    Proverbs 27:17

    Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.

  • Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

    Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

    Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.

  • Matthew 22:39

    Matthew 22:39

    "The second is like it, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'"

  • Matthew 28:19-20

    Matthew 28:19-20

    “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

  • John 13:1

    John 13:1

    Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.

  • John 13:35

    John 13:35

    "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

  • Acts 2:42-47

    Acts 2:42-47

    (v.42) They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

  • Romans 12:9

    Romans 12:9

    Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.

  • Ephesians 5:21

    Ephesians 5:21

    And be subject to one another in the fear of Christ

  • 1 Thes 3:12

    1 Thes 3:12

    and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you;

  • Hebrews 3:13

    Hebrews 3:13

    But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

  • Hebrews 10:24-25

    Hebrews 10:24-25

    and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

  • 1 Peter 1:22

    1 Peter 1:22

    Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart,

  • 1 John 1:7

    1 John 1:7

    but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

books related to this topic

  • Lifestyle Discipleship

    Lifestyle Discipleship

    Drawing from his 30 years of working with the unchurched, Petersen uses the pages of this book to present a case for lifestyle discipleship-a process that makes room for the growing number of people who, for whatever reason, don’t fit into any existing patterns of discipleship.

  • The Divine Conspiracy

    The Divine Conspiracy

    Dallas Willard’s magnificent exposition of the Sermon on the Mount as the teachings of Jesus are applied to our lives. The theme of transformation as a result of responding to the grace of God in obedience permeates this powerful book.

  • Transforming Discipleship

    Transforming Discipleship

    Greg Ogden addresses the need for discipleship in the local church and recovers Jesus' method of accomplishing life change by investing in just a few people at a time. Ogden sets forth his vision for transforming both the individual disciple and discipleship itself, showing how discipleship can become a self-replicating process with ongoing impact from generation to generation.

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