Anglican Church Sunday School Manual For December 22, 2019 : Topic – Christian Discipleship: A Command largely neglected
STUDY 3/39 December 22 Advent 4
SUB THEME : GODLY LEADERSHIP AND CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP.
TOPIC : Christian Discipleship: A Command largely neglected
MEMORY VERSE: John 21:3 .
TEXT : Matt.28:18-20; John 21:3 .
i. to discover why the command for discipleship is largely neglected ;
ii. to see the consequences of this unhealthy neglect ;
iii. to embrace the means for the Church recovery from this unsafe state .
The statement of the Great Commission is actually a command to disciple all
nations. Unfortunately, the Church has not been faithful in obeying it, instead
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the Church has reduced this all-important task to a mere and per functioning
observance. This study will show whether this has been deliberate or not, and
the way for the Church to overcome this unfortunate neglect.
1. a. What did Christ command the disciples (including the Church) to do in
Matt. 28:18-20 ?
b. In contrast to the above, what did Peter and the other disciples do in
John 21:3 ? Why?
c. What are the causes of this neglect today? Jer.5:21; 1 John 2:15-7; 2
Tim.3:1-2; Acts 26:19 .
2. a. What did the Lord do to restore and re-focus the disciples? John
b. How can the Church recover and re-focus on discipleship today? 2 Cor.
13:5; Rev.3:17-18; Acts 6:2-4 .
3. What are the overt and covert consequences of this neglect? 1 Cor.3:1-3;
Heb.5:12; 6:1; Mark 6:34; 2 Peter 1:5-8; Gen.5: 3.
The steady decline of the Church in producing sound and
faithful disciples should serve as a clarion call that all is not well with the
Church. The Church has veered off course greatly, and she needs to return to
do the needful discipleship. The time to act is now !
FOOD FOR THOUGHT : Thorough Christian discipleship guarantees Christians