Loving People: Discipleship


Sun, Sep 05, 2021

Teacher: Yale Wall Series: Irvington Vision Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11:1


Irvington Vision


When we say discipleship at this church, we mean: Life-on-life relationship where one person who is working to look like Jesus takes another person who is working to look like Jesus under their wing to help them in that process. It’s usually weekly or bi-weekly scheduled meetings where you talk through stuff and get accountability and mentorship.

In 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul tells his followers in Corinth to:
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.


At our Near West Location, we specifically hit on the discipleship relationship between Jesus and Peter, and saw that time and time again, Peter did boneheaded things, but was always willing to be REAL with Jesus.

As a result, in Matthew 16:18, Jesus says this about His disciple, Peter:
And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell will not overcome it.

This morning we talked about all of this from the side of the one being discipled. This evening we are going to be looking at the side of the one investing in someone else.

Jesus Calls His First Disciples

Matthew 4:18-20
18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.

  • Jesus didn’t go after the flashy people 
that would have attracted others
  • He didn’t go for the people with money 
that could fund his ministry efforts
  • He didn’t go after educated people
 who would be closer to His mental capacity
  • He didn’t go after tough people 
who could protect him
  • He didn’t go after people with a myriad of skills 
who would be useful for different tasks

He went after normal people!

Stop being strategic, and looking for the people to disciple who most fit your personality, or the ones who are most likely to be looked up to… Find regular people who are willing.

Jesus Heals Peter’s Mother in Law

Mark 1:29-31
29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30 Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. 31 So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.

I love that Jesus doesn’t just say, “oh no,” and tell Peter He’ll pray for her. Jesus takes Peter and says, let’s go.

When everything starts falling apart, that’s usually when people start to retreat from relationship, but that’s exactly when we need to step in and be a support to them.

Peter Walked on Water

Matthew 14:22-33
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Jesus reached out a hand and pulled Peter up, before he called out what made him fall. As disciplers, we definitely do need to call people out when things are handled wrongly, but only after we offer them a hand and pull them back up.

Isn’t that stuff we all crave?

  • Someone to invest in us,
 even if we’re not “special"

  • Someone to care enough to get into 
the gritty and rough parts of our lives

  • Someone who gives us a hand and pulls us up when we fall
 but also loves us enough to tell us the truth?

Someone just to look at us and say, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.

2 Timothy 2:2
And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.


Connection Card

  1. I will base my discipleship relationships on entrusting what I have to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.
  2. I will meet with 4 new people for the first time over this next month.
  3. I will talk through the things I am insecure about with my discipler.


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4717 E. Michigan St., 46201 

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