Followship Part 2: Following Jesus

In this sermon series, I am hoping to lift up a Biblically faithful overview and description of what it looks like to follow Jesus as a disciple. I am basing this series off of John 1:35-2:11. In this text I believe we see three things take place that are paradigmatic for discipleship:

Disciples follow Jesus into the world (not out of it) for the glory of God.

Below is my outline for this sermon series on how we follow Jesus – individually and communally.


  • Good morning LP
    • Response
    • Prayer
    • Offering
      • BTW: Steven Ministries – Coffee next week
  • Set Up Series – We are revisiting the biblical picture of discipleship, of following Jesus.
    • Last week.
    • In two weeks
    • Today – What do it look like to follow Jesus?
  • Read John
    • Rabbinical Education
  • Recap:
    • Disciples follow Jesus
    • Disciples lead others to follow Jesus
  • Second big principle: Followers of Jesus gather other Jesus followers, who gather other Jesus followers, who gather other Jesus followers, who gather other Jesus followers, who gather other Jesus followers . . .
    • Example: We get individual, autonomous discipleship.  We neglect communal discipleship.  Followship is a team sport. 

  • Bible Support Passages
    • Matthew 28:18-20
    • 2 Tim 2:2
      • Extended Example: Can I take off my pastoral hat now and speak as a church historian, would yall permit me to do that? Trotman, Paul, Timothy. Descriptions
        • American’s tend to value the timothy experience, not the Paul one.  We tend to gravitate towards being young, looking young, feeling young, and even in our spirituality.
        • Here is the net result, and tell me if this sounds familiar.
    • Recap: Followship is a team sport.  Jesus leads Pauls to make timothys, who become pauls who make timothys, who become pauls . . .
  • Let me make some application: I will anticipate three common concerns to this vision of followship, and let me address them in closing.
    • I don’t have enough time
    • I don’t have enough knowledge
    • I don’t have a story worth telling.
  • Monica, Brad, Doug




About Doug Hankins

Although not a Christian in his youth, Doug came to believe in Jesus during his teenage years. When not playing sports or pastoring Doug is probably spending time with his wife, reading a good book, or drinking some hot tea. Doug's first book Dawson Trotman: In His Own Words is available wherever books are sold. You can follow Doug on twitter.
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