Follow Me is a six-lesson study on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, and more importantly, a disciple-maker. Jesus’ method of teaching was by Word and example, and is designed to be learned and reproduced. If you are following Jesus for yourself, without intent to pass on what you are learning, then you’re doing it wrong! In this series of lessons, you’ll dive in to Scripture to see how Jesus made disciples who made disciples. His teaching is still the foundation of how we know Jesus and grow to be more like Him today.
These lessons are designed for a small group of 8-10 people, but can also be studied independently. If going on your own, just skip the group activities—but be sure to read and answer the group question sections, as this is an important part of the study. If you are going through with with your small group, allow at least 45 minutes for the in-depth teaching of each lesson. You’ll need this time to go through all the Scriptures and questions so you can get the maximum benefit.
A disciple of Christ is someone who answers the call to follow Christ by surrendering his or her life to God’s mission. The relationship that Jesus was calling these men to was different than the relationship He had with any others on earth. They were the first in a long line of Christ-followers, or disciples. It is in Jesus’ relationship with these twelve men that we first see God’s plan to reach all the peoples of the earth with His Gospel through reproducing disciples of His Son. It is in Christ’s example with His twelve disciples that we learn how to truly impact the world for Him. It is here that God shows us the simple and effective method of multiplication.
Jesus invited these men to follow Him not just so they could know Him and go to heaven one day, but also so that He could transform them into His own image. This is how He knew His teaching would continue to spread after His resurrection and ascension. He called them, trained them, and loved them. Then they called others, trained others and loved others like He had to them—even to the point of death—so that the message would continue to go forth to the ends of the earth. Jesus “multiplied” Himself through building relationships with these twelve men.
Jesus said in Matthew 4:19, “Come, follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” The invitation was to follow Him, know Him intimately and learn from Him first-hand, then to go out and follow His example as they related to and trained others. Ultimately, this is the same invitation we have today.