Questions to See if People Understand the 4 Principles of Discipleship…

 
I. What is ultimate end goal of the Gospel?
 

If they can’t answer cold, or if give a different answer, here are some multiple-choice answers:

  1. To save men’s eternal souls from damnation in Hell.
  2. For God to have a relationship with men.
  3. For men to bring glory to God by being re-conformed to the image of God that they were originally created to be.
  4. To usher in the Kingdom of God on Earth.
  5. To bring men into an eternal paradise.

 

While each answer is true, numbers 1, 2, 4, and 5 are a result of 3, which is the ultimate end goal of the Gospel.
 
The best scriptural support for answer number 3:
 
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:26-27).
 
A man […] is the image and glory of God (1 Corinthians 11:7).
 
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
 
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:18).
 
You have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator (Colossians 3:9-10).
 
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:22-24).
 
Therefore be imitators of God (Ephesians 5:1)
 
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48).
 
 
II. How are men re-conformed to the image of God?
 

If they can’t answer cold, or if they give a different answer, here are some multiple-choice answers:

  1. Mysteriously through the power of the Holy Spirit.
  2. By devoting themselves to the Apostles’ teachings and to the fellowship of the saints.
  3. By being resurrected from the dead.
  4. By studying Scripture.
  5. By imitating Jesus (who is the perfect image of God) as His disciple (through the power of the Holy Spirit).

 

Again, any answers that are true are simply a result of answer number 5.
 
The best scriptural support for answer number 5:
 
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1).
 
And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man (1 Corinthians 15:49).
 
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God (2 Corinthians 4:4).
 
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being (Hebrews 1:3).
 
Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did (1 John 2:6).
 
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son (Romans 8:29).
 
 
III. What is the best thing for new disciples to study in order to learn to imitate Jesus as His disciple?
 
If they can’t answer cold, or if they give a different answer, here are some multiple-choice answers:
 
  1. Anything in Scripture.
  2. The 10 commandments.
  3. The words, teachings, commands, and example that Jesus gave during His earthly ministry as found in the Gospels.
  4. How to follow the prompting of the of the Holy Spirit.
  5. Start at Genesis and read straight through.

 

Best scriptural support for answer number 3 (notice that Jesus specifically refers to the words that He spoke):

 
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock” (Matthew 7:24).
 
“There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day” (John 12:48).
 
“Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you (John 14:23-26).
 
We know that we have come to know [Jesus] if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did (1 John 2:3-6).
 
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, […] teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you (Matthew 28:19-20).
 
 
IV. What is the best environment in which to learn to imitate Jesus as His disciple? (This is the one They are most likely to get Right).
 
If they can’t answer cold, or if they give a different answer, here are some multiple-choice answers:
 
  1. Studying Scripture at home alone.
  2. Sunday morning worship service.
  3. By doing life together with other believers outside of church.
  4. In a relational small group/Bible study that meets together to encourage one another and study Scripture.

 

Best scriptural support for answer number 4:
 
With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything (Mark 4:33-34).
 
Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.” Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked. Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! (Mark 3:31-34).
 
And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others (2 Timothy 2:2).
 
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts (Acts 2:46).
 
 
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