Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.(Eph.51-2 )
Christians were originally called ‘followers of the Way’ because Jesus had introduced them to a whole new way of life. At the heart of this new way was love. Trevor Shotter spoke about this and you can listen or read about it here.
He points out that to follow the way of Jesus involves imitating him and living a life of love (Eph.5:1-2) and this must be put into action in real and practical ways. It does not mean trying to do everything but spending time with Father God so that we only do what we see him doing. Trevor suggests some ways we can do this. He reminds us that to follow Jesus means we commit to:
- Being with Jesus
- Becoming like Jesus
- Doing what Jesus did
If it helps, here are some questions to guide your discussion (but don’t be limited by them):
- Why do you think the early Christians were called followers of the way?
- What does it look like in practice for you to follow the way of Jesus
- Are there certain practices or habits that help you to follow the way of Jesus?
For Next Time:
In the next message and Hub Notes, we will be looking at serving and then at walking as followers of Jesus.
There is a PDF version of these notes here.