“He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons.” (Mk 3:14-15)
Think about God’s desire to be with us based on the Old Testament (God’s promise to the Patriarchs, the Tabernacle, the Levitical Priesthood and the sacrificial system). How did God fulfill this desire in Jesus (Mt 1:23; Jn 1:14; Col 2:17)?
What purpose did Jesus have in mind when he called his Twelve disciples (Mk 3:14-15)? Why is it important to know this when engaging in discipleship ministry?
What does it mean to be with Jesus (Jn 14:15, 23a; 15:5,7,9,10; Mk 8:31-34; Eph 4:13,15; 2Pe 3:18)? How can we be with Jesus today?
What is the goal of knowing Jesus (Ro 8:29)? What kind of faith in him should we develop (Mk 8:29, 31)? Why is faith in him so important? How do we express this faith (Ro 10:9)?
What is the content and basis of our witness (Lk 24:45-48)? Where is our source of power (Ac 1:8)? What enables our witness to be effective (Mt 28:18-20; Jn 20:21,23)? How does this help us grow as witnesses?
What context is discipleship to be carried out in (1Pe 2:4-5; Eph 4:11-13)? Why is this so important?