Following the Lord

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We do not have the Lord present with us in the way the original twelve disciples and other followers did. But we do have the Lord’s teachings in His Word, showing us what is good and true. If we listen to the Lord speaking in His Word, we will be instructed just as Peter, John, James, and the others were. And though we cannot follow the Lord physically, He is leading us throughout our lives. The Lord cares for us tenderly, helping us see the truth that can make us free (John 8:32).

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Ideas for discussion

  1. The Lord has called all of us to be His disciples and follow Him. What do you think it means to follow the Lord?
  2. Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (see John 8: 31-32). How can we learn what is true? (Read the Lord’s Word and make time to think about what He is trying to teach us. Just as the disciples sometimes misunderstood what the Lord was telling them, we can miss what the Lord is trying to tell us if we don’t make time to think about spiritual things.)
  3. What are some other ways we can look to the Lord and follow Him? (We can attend worship services, pray to the Lord, and try to obey His commandments.)
  4. “To follow the Lord” is to acknowledge, to obey, and to act and live from the Lord and with Him (Apocalypse Explained 864). What are some ways you can try to “live from the Lord and with Him?”

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It is when we commit our lives to the Lord’s truths that we become His disciples and begin to experience the true freedom that can only come from following Him.

O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; because Your lovingkindness is better than life, I will lift up my hands in Your name. And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds Me. (Psalm 63: 1, 3-5, 7-8)

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