Jesus tells us to teach all people everywhere to obey everything that he has commanded.
One way to do this is by asking 5 simple questions.
Here is how I do that with people who are meeting as a Bible Discussion Group.
I begin by asking two questions that stimulate obedience to the Great Commandment.
The Great Commandment summarizes everything that Jesus wants all people everywhere to do – love God and love their neighbor. This is the goal of the first two questions:
1. What is one thing you thankful for?
If every good and perfect gift really comes from God,1 then expressions of thanks direct people toward God. Nurtured well, thanksgiving can become an early and lasting expression of love for God.
2. What is one thing that is causing you stress?
The answer to this question invites the rest of the group to respond to the person answering the question; it encourages people to love their neighbor.
Next, I encourage obedience to a specific Bible story.
After reading, re-telling and discussing what a given Bible story says about God and people, I ask these two questions:
3. If this is true, what is one thing you will do?, and
4. What might we do together?
Lastly, I ask a question that stimulates obedience to the Great Commission.
5. Who else needs to hear this story?
Even those who are not yet intentional followers of Jesus can help others obey what Jesus has commanded by telling them God’s stories!
- What are some other ways to teach obedience to all Jesus has commanded?
- What is one new way that you would be willing to try?
Share your thoughts and make it a conversation!