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Week 7 | Service | Day 5

R E A D 

Jesus started his ministry with “come and see”, but he doesn’t stop there. In the next three and a half years, Jesus begins to add new levels of commitment to his relationships with those he is discipling. At one point, he tells his followers to “love one another.” He turns up the heat a bit more by adding: “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32). More than a dozen times in three and a half years, Jesus redefines what it means to be a disciple. Each time it’s a little bit more intense. As Jesus gets closer and closer to the cross, he makes the ultimate request of his followers. Jesus says, If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. (Matthew 16:24). One of the ways we can know we are growing closer to Jesus is by the level of sacrifice and commitment he requires of us. The closer we walk with Jesus the more like him we become, resulting in an abundant and fulfilling life.


  1. What was my first “come and see” experience with Jesus like? (My first attempt at seeking Jesus).
  2. How do I know I am growing closer to Jesus? What changes or fruit is evident in my life?
  3. What other observations do I have from the text?


  1. What personal changes do I need to make and what next steps do I need to take in response to what Jesus is asking of me? Be specific. 
  2. What has Jesus asked of me lately? How have I responded? What could be inhibiting me from complying? 
  3. With whom will I discuss this? (A person to connect with and keep me accountable)