[ma·thetes] noun: pupil, student, learner, disciple
The Greek word mathetes, used throughout the New Testament, is translated as “disciple.” The definition includes the idea of being a learner, of sitting under another as a pupil, and of becoming like the one who is the teacher. Mathetes: The Making of a Disciple was written for believers who want to spend the year focused on what it means to be a disciple of Christ. Within the study, weekly lessons support eight areas of discipleship:
Living in Worship
Undertaking Holy Disciplines
Using God’s Gifts Wisely
Acting Out in Faith
Coming Back to God
Relating to God
The Bridge to Missions
Mathetes: The Making of a Disciple guides the believer in the journey of maturity and multiplication from personal worship and spiritual disciplines to lifestyles of faith and intentional relationships.
Lesson 1: The One We Worship
BIBLICAL PASSAGE: Psalm 104:1-4,24-35
MEMORY VERSE: Psalm 104:33
I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
TABLE TALK QUESTION: How does our knowledge of God affect our worship of Him?
THE ONE WE WORSHIP
Contemplation of God’s heavenly majesty stirs our inmost praise (Psalm 104:1-4).
Contemplation of God’s creative wisdom and earthly providence stirs our inmost praise (Psalm 104:24-30).
Contemplation of God’s unlimited power stirs our joyous inmost praise (Psalm 104:31-35).
How would you describe God’s greatness, splendor, and majesty?
How have your observations of nature affected your knowledge and worship of God?
What is your response when wicked thoughts or sinful actions interrupt your worship of God?
Lesson 2: The Author of Worship
BIBLICAL PASSAGE: Deuteronomy 5:6-22; 6:4-9
MEMORY VERSE: Deuteronomy 6:4-5
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
TABLE TALK QUESTION: What role should worship play in a believer’s relationship with God?
A WORSHIPFUL RELATIONSHIP
A worshipful relationship with God begins with giving Him first place in our lives (Deuteronomy 5:6-15).
Our relationship with God determines the way we treat other people (Deuteronomy 5:16-22).
Because of our relationship with God, His Word permeates all aspects of our lives (Deuteronomy 6:4-9).
SMALL-GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
What other “gods” can believers be tempted to give first place in their lives?
In a time when it’s possible to shop, work, and socialize around the clock, every day of the week, how can believers “observe the Sabbath by keeping it holy?”
What does the way we treat other people reveal about our relationship with and worship of God?
What does it mean to love God with all your heart, your soul, and your strength?
How does talking about God’s commands throughout the day create an atmosphere of worship within your home?
Lesson 3: An Audience of One
BIBLICAL PASSAGE: Psalm 100
MEMORY VERSE: Psalm 100:1-2
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
TABLE TALK QUESTION: What does it mean to be an authentic worshiper of God?
AN AUTHENTIC LIFE
1. Authentic worship is directed toward God (Psalm 100:1–2).
2. Authentic lives are focused on God (Psalm 100:3).
3. Authentic faith draws people to worship (Psalm 100:4–5).
SMALL-GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
• When you think about worship, what is your role? Are you a spectator or participant? Are you a part of the audience or not?
• Why is it sometimes hard to focus on God during times of worship? How much of your life falls into the category of worship?
• If someone followed you for a week, what would they say about your personal priorities? Would they recognize worship as one of those priorities?
• What are some things you can do to be more intentional about worshiping in your everyday life?
• Your attitude toward worship is a direct result of your attitude toward God. What does your worship say about your relationship with God? Are you satisfied with your response? If not, what changes do you need to make?