“Disciples are not just followers but friends.”

Jesus calls his disciples his friends, and this shows us a key aspect of discipleship: communing with Jesus.  There are no disciples at a distance, and Jesus teaches us the importance of abiding in him as his followers.  To flourish as a human is to abide in Jesus like a branch in a vine, and we pursue this today through Biblical meditation and honest prayer. 

Application Questions

1. Do you relate to God more as an employee or a friend?  Why do you think that is?

2. Do you feel like you are abiding in Christ or abiding somewhere else?  What does that do to your attitudes, emotions, and relationship with others?

3. How would meditating on God's Word help you draw closer to God and enjoy his friendship?   

4. Are your prayers honest and open?  What are some ways your prayers are insincere or distant, and what would it look like to be more honest and open in your prayer life?  

5. Below are some Bible passages that you can enjoy as a conversation between you and God in meditation and prayer.  (Consider meditating and praying on one of these passages together as a community group as well.)
-Deuteronomy 10:12-20
-Psalm 32
-Psalm 100
-Romans 8:1-11
-Ephesians 2:1-10
-1 John 1:5-2:2

Brian Colmery

Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.

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