The Core of Discipleship
Passage: Luke 10:38–42
Click here for the sermon discussion questions or see them listed below. We highly encourage you to listen, think, and talk about the sermon. These are questions you can reflect on by yourself, with your family, or with your small group.
- In this week’s sermon, we heard that the story of Martha and Mary reveals the core of Christian discipleship - i.e. Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet and listening to His teaching. When you think of the term “discipleship”, what ideas, concepts, practices, and methods come to mind? How does this week’s message either coincide with or contradict your concept of discipleship?
- It is easy to criticize Martha because she was so distracted but as we learned in our sermon, Martha was a godly woman who truly loved her Lord. In what ways were Martha’s actions good and worthy to be emulated? Why do you think it’s important to realize that Martha’s actions were good? And yet in spite of this, Jesus gently rebukes her and tells her that Mary has chosen the good portion. What does this tell us about Mary’s response to Jesus?
- In what ways are you distracted in your own life? What kinds of things in your life are pushing Jesus to the margins?
- What does sitting at the Lord’s feet and listening to His teaching look like in our current day and age? In other words, how are Christians supposed to choose the “good portion” today? How can you prevent yourself from using “sitting at Jesus feet” as an excuse for laziness?
- How do you think your life would be different if you were to become more like Mary and less like Martha? Describe some of the changes in your life that you envision. Is this something that is appealing to you? If so why, and if not, why not?