Doctrine Series Discipleship Guide

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets — Matthew 22:36-39.

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This guide contains 11 weeks of material that will follow the summer sermon series entitled Doctrines – Love the Lord Your God with All Your Mind. Throughout the guide, you will see the idea that it’s together with the saints that we strive together to comprehend what is the breadth and length and height and depth of the love of Christ. We hope there are tremendous benefits from having everyone study the same passages during this season. Below are some components and instructions about the guide:

  1. The guide has both a Personal Study to be completed on your own as well as Family Discipleship Questions. The Family Discipleship section of the guide could be used together by roommates, co-workers, neighbors, and Fight Club partners as well as family units. Questions from either section of the guide can be used to facilitate discussion at GC.
  2. The Family Discipleship sections of the guide are written with elementary to middle school children in mind. If you have older children, consider having them work through the Personal Study with you and then assisting you as you lead their younger siblings through the Family Discipleship section. There are portions of the Family Discipleship section that will be directed to the head of the household and portions that can be read directly to the children. We suggest that the person leading the study does a brief read through of that week’s lesson in order to be familiar with the material before beginning. Completing the Personal Study prior to doing the Family section would be beneficial as well since some of its material could be adapted for use during family worship time.
  3. Both the Personal Study and the Family Discipleship sections have a verse to memorize each week. At times the families will be memorizing a small portion of the longer verse that the whole church is memorizing. This was a deliberate attempt at having some accountability and fun to memorize Scripture together.
  4. In both the Personal Study and the Family Discipleship sections, you will see suggested songs to listen to every week. These songs are available on a playlist entitled Summer Sermon Series on our Redeemer App. We hope that you will use these for a time of prayer and praise both at home and in GC. Because doctrine informs worship, we also hope that this study increases your capacity for worshipping the Father in spirit and in truth.
  5. You will see phrases in bold type. These are key ideas. You will also see phrases in italicized type. These are portions of Scripture. Throughout the study, you will be asked to give Scriptural evidence to support your answers. If you can only vaguely remember part of a verse but not its entirety nor its address, we encourage you to google it. That’s right! You can also google the italicized phrases in the lessons if you want to know the whole verse and the address.
  6. Doctrines are tough to tackle. They can only truly be decided on once all the Scriptures have been weighed. That means we will need to apply our whole mind to the whole Bible. And while that’s a big task, we believe that doctrine rightly understood and loved, leads to good works. As God designed it to be, our mind and our heart work in sync. What we know affects how we feel. What we believe determines how we behave. In other words, right living presupposes right thinking. We see this in Paul’s letters. He addresses doctrine first then Christian living. So, we put our minds to studying doctrine in an effort to love God better. And we believe that in doing so, we will also love others better.

Redeemer, let’s love God and love others through this study!