What We’re Learning: Gospel of Matthew
After HUNDREDS of years of silence, God speaks through the writing of the Gospel of Matthew. Throughout this Gospel, Jesus invites us off the sidelines into a true discipleship process; He lays out that process in the gospel of Matthew in four steps. EXPLORE, EXPERIENCE, PRACTICE, GO.

How do I lead my student through this lesson at home?
Grab a Bible, watch the video together and go through the below modified at-home discussion guide anytime you like OR play our online game and watch live with us Sunday at 10:35am on our MSM Facebook Page. We also have the original small group material here if you’d prefer that format.

Special Needs Families:
Click Here for Modified Curriculum for Special Needs Students for April 5


1) Who was it who told you about Jesus?

WEEK 3: Jesus’ Model of Discipleship – April 5

  • Main Point: Discipleship is not a one-time YES to Jesus, it’s a lifelong journey.
  • Main Scripture for each discipleship phase:
    • EXPLORE: Matthew 4:18-20
    • EXPERIENCE: Jesus giving Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5)
    • PRACTICE: Jesus calling and leading the disciples (starts in Matthew 10)
    • GO: Matthew 28:18-20


  1. Would you call yourself a ‘Christian’? Why or why not?
  2. Would you call yourself a ‘disciple of Jesus’? Why or why not?
  3. What is the difference, do you think, between the popular phrase, “I am a Christian” and actually being a disciple of Jesus?
  4. Review the 4 Discipleship Phases handout here.
  5. Have your student(s) identify which phase they think they are currently in and share why they picked that phase. Let them know it’s ok to be wherever they are, even if it’s different from others. Here are some questions to get them thinking:
    • EXPLORE: Do you go to church or any ministry activities?
    • EXPERIENCE: Have you said “YES!” to following Jesus? Have you been baptized?
    • PRACTICE: Have you started owning your faith for yourself?
    • GO: Have you invited someone to church?
  6. Brainstorm some possible next steps with your student(s) to encourage them to take a step closer towards their next phase.

Have students write down their “goal next step” and put it somewhere you can see. Followup with your students later in the week with a reminder and encouragement to hit their goal.

Ask your student(s) to share their prayer requests and close your time together in prayer.