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Session 9

How to do life with others like Jesus did

Read: Mark 3:7-19

Jesus was fully God, yet He did not do life alone. Jesus chose a motley crew to be His disciples. These were ordinary, working-class men who were far from perfect. Judas ended up betraying Jesus and turning Him over to be executed. Peter denied Jesus publicly, Matthew was a cheater, and Thomas refused to believe Jesus rose from the dead until he touched Jesus’ side. Despite that, Jesus still chose them all to follow Him.

In choosing these 12 to be His disciples, Jesus models three important truths:

1. We cannot do life alone.

Jesus did not enter public ministry until He had His people lined up. The disciples were closest to Jesus. They traveled with him, provided direction to the crowds, and served as bodyguards and friends. We cannot do what God calls us to without people around us.

2. People will let us down.

Jesus knew the disciples would betray Him before selecting them. Jesus modeled forgiveness in the way He loved the disciples. When we open our lives to others, we run the risk of being hurt. When that happens, take comfort in knowing Jesus is with us and follow His example in offering forgiveness.

3. Jesus can use anyone to build His kingdom. 

In Matthew 10, Jesus gives the disciples the authority to act as His ambassadors. They healed the sick and preached the Gospel. The Holy Spirit gave the disciples direction and the words to speak. That same gift is available to all Christians. God equips those He calls.

Whenever you're tempted to think you can’t make a difference, to believe you don’t have the skills to do what God’s called you to, don't give up. No one is beyond God’s ability to work through.

Reflect:

  • Are you trying to do life alone? Who do you lean on when times are tough and celebrate with when times are good? (If you still need to find your people at NewSpring, join us for Connect. It's a great way to find your place and get involved.)
  • Relationships are messy, but Jesus showed us they were still worth pursuing. Is there someone you need to forgive or someone you need ask for forgiveness?
  • Who do you know that needs to hear the Gospel? What can you do this week to help those around you learn who Jesus is?

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Do you see Jesus as a healer?

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Why does time with Jesus matter?

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Why your faith is important

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How to believe even when it’s hard to see

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What to do when you face an impossible task

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Are you scared of sharing your faith?

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Does fear drive you to deny Jesus?

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