Grow Deep - Core Discipleship Edition Week 3

Week 3: March 15-21

Disciples of Purpose

Memory Verse: “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’ and rightly so because that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.” John 13:13-14

I have worked with a lot of different people over the years at Webster Gardens, and I have learned a lot from them about serving. Many of them give of their time without recognition and they serve with purpose. To these humble servants, it isn't about the job they are doing but the Person they are serving. Jesus is their example of how to serve, and they pay it forward every time they serve someone else.

In our first reading this week, Jesus is nearing the end of His public ministry. It is important that His disciples learn as much as they can from Him. Always acting with purpose, He wanted to teach them how to be humble servants, so He stooped down and washed their dirty feet.

After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples and gave them the "gift" He had promised—the gift of the Holy Spirit. With the Spirit indwelling them, His disciples had purpose: to go out and preach, heal, love the unlovable and suffer for their faith, just as Jesus did.

As we reflect on what Christ did for us sinners during this season of Lent, let's keep our eyes on Him. Let's learn what it means to be disciples of purpose. Jesus did it all for us; every drop of blood was shed so we could receive salvation through His sacrifice on the cross. We may not feel as equipped as the first disciples, but we are. The same Holy Spirit who empowered them empowers modern-day disciples—you and me. As believers, we are Jesus’ present-day disciples. There are still people today who have never heard His story! If we don't tell them, who will?

Sunday, March 15
Read: John 13:1-14
Jesus takes on the role of the lowest servant and then calls His disciples to do likewise.
Reflect: Is there someone in your life who is hard to love? What will you do to show them that you love them by an act of service to them?


Monday, March 16
Read: 1 Peter 5:1-7
We are told not to exalt ourselves before man but to humble ourselves before the Lord.
Reflect: Who has God put under your care: children, an elderly parent, a sibling? Why does it matter that you serve them with an attitude of humility and purpose and not with a "have-to" attitude?


Tuesday, March 17
Read: Philippians 2:5-11
Look to Christ as an example of humility.
Reflect: How does your attitude line up with Jesus' attitude? Where did His obedience lead Him? Where might obedience to Him lead you? Take time now to bow before Him and confess Him as Lord.


Wednesday, March 18
Read: Mark 11:15-18
Jesus drove the money changers and merchants from the temple. In doing so, He reestablished the temple as a place where blood was required for sacrificial offerings to atone for sin. The spilling of blood pointed to Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross.
Reflect: What have you let interfere with your worship of the Savior? What would make it possible for you to turn your eyes on Him and His cross this Lenten season?


Thursday, March 19
Read: John 20:19-23
The resurrected Jesus sends His disciples into the world with a mission.
Reflect: Why was it important for Jesus to appear to His disciples after His resurrection? What power and mission did He give them? On what mission does He want to send you with that same power and purpose?


Friday, March 20
Read: Matthew 10:35-38
There are many who have yet to hear the Good News.
Reflect: Who shared the good news of Jesus Christ with you? How can a sense of purpose encourage you to thank them by sharing that same news with someone else who desperately needs to hear it?


Saturday, March 21
Read: Romans 10:14-15
People will not hear the Gospel message unless God’s people proclaim it.
Reflect: How far did the disciples walk in order to spread the Gospel? How far are you willing to go: home, work, mission trip?