The starting point of our relationship with Jesus is seeing our own need for a Savior and putting our trust in Jesus. For more information on what that might look like check the resources under On Your Own.

Being a disciple of Jesus is not something we compartmentalize in our life. Our relationship with Jesus impacts what we think, say, and do. Jesus gives us a new identity. Being connected to Jesus is the primary way that we experience the abundant life that Jesus promises. The New Testament talks about the blessings we have “in Christ” like peace, joy, and love. Over 270 times the phrase “in Christ” is used. Spiritual disciplines are the primary way we live out the fullness of our relationship with Jesus as He invites us to partner with Him in ministry.

Foundational Verses

Foundational verses provide the biblical basis for each character trait. Read through these verses together as a group when you first begin exploring this trait. You might also consider memorizing one of the verses together.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” —John 3:16

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”—Romans 5:8

“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”—Romans 10:9

“It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.”—1 Corinthians 1:30

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”—John 15:5

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”—1 John 3:1-2

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”—2 Corinthians 5:17

On Your Own

1. Included here are several resources for exploring the Christian faith and what it means to have a relationship with God.

  • This article describes how you can start a relationship with God.
  • If you’re still exploring or are skeptical, this reading plan from the YouVersion Bible app might give you some insight. This plan helps us understand that the basis of our faith is a relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Starting Point is video teaching from Andy Stanley found on RightNow Media. Andy will open your eyes to see the Bible as God’s epic story about His desire for a relationship with you. Through these videos, discover how the story started, where it’s going, and find your place in it!
  • Every January at CPC, we offer a Starting Point class. This is a great opportunity to explore your faith in community.

2. Take a few minutes to read this short article from Paul Tripp on how the practice of reading God’s word is an opportunity to commune with Jesus and be reminded of our identity as God’s children. Here are some questions to think about as you process this article yourself:

  • What is the main truth?
  • Why is this significant for me personally?
  • How does the Lord want me to respond practically?

3. For encouragement with spiritual practices, check out these resources:

4. Check out some of our favorite devotionals:

With Your Small Group

1. Use one small group meeting to discuss this lesson as a starting point.

2. Get grounded in the Gospel and its transforming power in your life using these studies:

3. Consider these books to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be anchored in Christ:

4. Use the YouVersion Bible app to connect as a group outside your regular meeting times. The Bible app has many different reading plans designed to take you through the Bible in a year, or a single book over the course of a few weeks, or through select Scriptures on a specific topic. Many of the reading plans also include a short devotional to unpack the Scripture a little and challenge you with questions to think about as you read. When you start a new plan, choose the option of reading it “With Friends,” and the app will walk you through inviting others to join you. Get to know each other better and be encouraged by doing a reading plan together. We recommend:

TouchPoint

Use these questions before, during, and after working through the resources to help your group have conversations about how you’re growing together in this disciple character trait:

Have each group member respond personally: If you are in a growing relationship with Jesus, tell us what that is like.

People connect with Jesus using a variety of devotional methods. What are some ways that are effective for you?

How did you come to be in a relationship with Jesus?

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