Are you truly a follower of Jesus? That is the central question of Follow Me, David Platt’s new Bible study. Based on his new book by the same title, this is a challenging and important study that takes his teaching from Radical to a whole new depth.
Anchored by a six session DVD, each of the sessions are classic David Platt. Great teaching. Very passionate. Packed with biblical content. And…each of the sessions is about 30 minutes in length (which would be a little long for the average attention span, but for Platt’s very compelling intensity).
The teaching wrestles with six intentional questions:
- What does it mean to truly be a follower of Jesus?
- What does it means to trust Jesus with our minds?
- Are our affections and desires really what they need to be?
- Is total abandonment really required?
- Are we committed to the Church as God has designed it?
- What does it mean to make disciples who make disciples?
The Member Book is well designed. An opening exercise replaces the more common ice-breaker questions intended to prime the conversation pump. A combination of reflecting on the previous week’s assignment with a twist of a group project (session one’s is to come up with a group definition of “what it means to follow Christ”).
Along with the opening exercise, each session includes the session outline you’ll need to capture everything from the DVD teaching segment. The built-in group discussion questions will take the conversation very intentionally into a deep dive into what it means to truly follow Jesus. Application steps and scripture memory assignment finish out each session.
The Member Book also includes 5 daily lessons for each of the 6 sessions. The daily lessons are 4 to 5 pages in length and will require a commitment of 30 to 60 minutes to complete, but will lead members deeply into what it means to follow Jesus.
An available Follow Me Church Kit, as well as Student and Preteen study materials make it possible to do Follow Me as a church-wide campaign. In addition to copies of the Student and Preteen Member books, the Follow Me Church Kit includes an administration guide, sermon outlines, and digital art files for a promotional poster, bulletin inserts, presentation slides, and more.
Do you have small groups that are asking for a real challenge? Does your church need to take a fresh look at Jesus’ simple request to follow Him? I believe the answer is yes to both and Follow Me is a small group study and a church-wide campaign designed to meet both needs.