Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.’ And it was so.Genesis 1:11
We took advantage of our harvest festival to consider how disciples are encourage to ‘reproduce themselves’ just like seed bearing pants. Sara Cosgrove spoke about disciples making disciples, and you can hear the message and/or read the post here.
Sara points out that there is a principle in creation of ‘reproducing after our own kind’ (Gen.1:11) and so disciples are meant to make disciples. This is what Jesus commissions us to do (Matt.2818-20). She shows from John 1:35-46 that the first followers of Jesus told their story about following Jesus to others and did do confidently because they were themselves followers and had been with him. And they invited them to come and see for themselves.
If it helps, here are two questions to guide your discussion (but don’t be limited by them):
- What do you think it means to reproduce after our own kind in the context of discipleship?
- How easy to you find it to tell others about following Jesus and inviting them to ‘come and see’ for themselves? What might help?
For Next Time:
In the next message and Hub Notes, we will look at how the call to follow Jesus addresses our deepest desires and invites us to make quality choices.