- Read John 20:21. What do you think that means? What does this imply?
- Read John 1:14. The Message reads: The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw his glory with our own eyes. What does this verse imply about making disciples - either here or in another culture?
- Pastor Sam mentioned six convictions that drive us to make disciples of all nations. Conviction #1 states that God’s purpose is that all peoples know and love and worship him. Is it egotistical for God to be want to be praised by all people everywhere? Why or why not?
- Conviction # 2 states that God’s purpose is good news. How is the kingship of Jesus good news for people everywhere?
- Conviction #3 states that God’s purpose to be known and love cannot fail. It will happen. Read Psalm 86:9 and Matt 16:18 and Rev 7:9-10. How does God assure that people from every race and nation will follow Jesus? How do you explain the fact that you are a Christian?
- Conviction #4 states that there is no tension between making disciples locally and internationally. Do you think it is more important to focus on making disciples here in our area or country, or overseas where Christ is not known? Why? Which area of need - domestic or international - tugs at your heart?
- Conviction #5 states that suffering is both the price and means of fulfilling God’s purpose. Read Rev 6:9-11 and Luke 21:16-19 and Luke 9:23. Why is suffering so important in fulfilling the great commission? What do you think is the hardest thing that a Christian can suffer?
- Conviction #6 states that the return of Christ hinges on getting the gospel to every people group on earth. Why do you think God has tied Christ’s return to missionary activity?