Episode 119 – Rabbis and Disciples Pt 3: Being Like Jesus

Most of us love the idea of Jesus as savior. We’re usually less enthusiastic about him being our teacher and reorienting our lives around his. But that’s precisely what it meant to be a disciple. The goal wasn’t to know what the rabbi knew. It was to become who the rabbi was. It meant journeying with him and observing how he spoke, what he noticed, and how he interacted with others. It meant understanding how he made sense of life and then learning to do the same. It’s not the kind of learning that takes place in a classroom. Instead, it takes place on the road and in the experiences of everyday life. By the end of this episode, you’ll have a clearer understanding of what it means to truly follow Jesus, and you’ll be inspired to follow him more closely in the coming year. 

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching? 
  • Ask another person who knows you well this question: What are 1 or 2 ways you’ve seen me become more like Jesus? Then share with your group how you felt about what they said. 
  • If following Jesus was less about the destination and more about the journey, what’s one thing you’ve learned about Jesus during your journey over the last year? 
  • Being covered in the dust of the rabbi was evidence you’d been paying attention and following close on the heels of your rabbi. What kind of evidence do you see in the lives of others that they’re following Jesus closely? 
  • How do you feel about the statement, “We hire Jesus as our savior, but we fire him as our teacher?”  
  • How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?  

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  1. I thank God for you & I am so appreciative of your willingness to follow your calling by bringing your awesome teaching discoveries.
    I believe you have answered a question that I had asked a pastor a couple of years ago: Can you believe in Jesus without being a disciple?
    You bring a thought for me to ponder as well. Perhaps WE Can ask to become a disciple, but is there an element of being “chosen”?
    I have been personally exploring what God is asking of me (in my “rewirement” years”) in this time of finishing the race well & I maybe able to clarify my calling even more in that it is about helping people become fully engaged followers of Jesus.

  2. Brother Brad, there are times when my Pastor will deliver a sermon that’s so impactful that I’ll tell him ” you punched me in the gut again!”. Today, ” YOU punched me in the gut, AGAIN!”. Thanks Much, my Friend!!!

    WE must never forget these men had a TORAH baseline we do not. We only have the 10??? He did not go to other religious persons.
    If we walk/do/ in the light, TORAH
    as He is in the light TORAH
    Then we have fellowship, echad, One with the other-we and Him
    then the blood of YASHUA.
    cleanses us from sins…hmmm, isn’t that Jewish conditional?
    We might need to seek out the Jewish revelation of YASHUA instead of the Protestantized one we’ve been given-they are very different! Yashua wen to Synagogue where the full law was read and taught we do not!

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