StoneBridge Community Church
Becoming Disciples of Rabbi Jesus
Pastor Jeff Cheadle
Locations & Times
  • StoneBridge Campus
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
  • Growth Groups
    Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA
    Sunday 12:00 PM

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The Text in Context

Doug Greenwold, "Being a First Century Disciple"

Jesus Teaching by the Seashore (detail), by James Tissot.

16 Bible Verses About Rabbi

"16 Bible Verses About Rabbi" Knowing Jesus.

Jesus As Rabbi

Andreas J. Kostenberger, "Jesus as Rabbi in the Fourth Gospel" Bulletin for Biblical Research 8 (1998) 97-128. A very scholarly article, but clearly establishes that Jesus is viewed as a rabbi— with a crucial difference— in all four gospels.

"Jesus Calls Disciples" (detail) by Edward Armitage (Note allusions to cross and shroud)

1. Rabbi Jesus has called me to…

Rabbi and Talmidim

Ray Vander Laan, "Rabbi and Talmidim" That the World May Know.


Michael J. Wilkins, "Disciple/Discipleship" Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology. Edited by Walter A. Elwell © 1996
For Reflection/Discussion: How was the title "Rabbi" used during the time of Jesus? What does it say about Jesus that he was addressed as "Rabbi" not only by his disciples but by Pharisees, Sadducees, and the teachers of the Law? In what way(s) was Jesus like other rabbis of his day? In what way(s) was he different? What is the significance of Jesus' taking the initiative in calling Simon Peter and Matthew to follow him? Read John 15.16. Do we choose to follow Jesus or does Jesus choose us as his followers? Why is our response to that question important?
2. Rabbi Jesus has called me to…

Jesus Washing Peter’s Feet (detail), by Ford Madox Brown.

"He lived transparently in front of his disciples in order to teach them how to live." Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg, Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith, p. 64. Highly recommended book.
For Reflection/Discussion: What are some of the reasons that it was important that Jesus disciples literally follow Jesus wherever he went? What might Jesus' disciples have learned from Jesus that could not be taught in a book? Why was their day-to-day experience with Jesus important to future generations? Is there anything about Jesus' life that you wish had been recorded in the gospels but weren't? What? Why do you suppose that they were not recorded? What is the difference between learning in a classroom and learning through an apprenticeship? In what ways are you like Jesus? In what ways are you not?
3. Rabbi Jesus has called me to…

"Jesus Speaks Near the Treasury" by James Tissot (1836-1902 French)

The Teaching Methods of Jesus

 John W. McCoy, Ed.D. , "The Teaching Methods of Jesus" The Journal of Biblical Foundations of Faith and Learning, Volume 1 Issue 1 Article 9.

Jesus Teaching Through Discovery

HeeKap Lee, "Jesus Teaching Through Discovery" International Christian Community of Teacher Educators Journal, Volume 1 Issue 2 Article 5.
For Reflection/Discussion: Which of Jesus' many teachings do you find most memorable? What makes them so? Jesus never spoon-fed his followers with pre-digested truths or simple applications. Instead, Jesus' teaching methods deliberately engaged people's hearts and minds. Which of Jesus' teachings, if any, do you find difficult or troubling? When you come to a difficult saying of Jesus, how do you typically respond? Do you give up, ignore it, conclude Jesus is wrong, assume Jesus didn't really say it or didn't really mean it, pray about it, study, ask someone about it, or other?
The mission of StoneBridge Community Church is to reach the lost, to make disciples, and to send them out.
4. Rabbi Jesus has called me to…

Ask your friends and neighbors if they've seen this year's Easter Mailer— and invite them to join you for Easter weekend.

For Reflection/Discussion: Disciples make disciples. The Great Commission isn't a proverb, parable, paradox, metaphor, simile, exaggeration, or contradiction intended by Jesus to stir our hearts and get us thinking. It is a clear and simple command. Are you obeying or ignoring this commandment? How do people typically rationalize their disobedience to this commandment? What are the short and long term effects and unintended consequences of our not sharing our faith with others— for us, for them, and for the future of the church? If everyone else in the church were to share their faith as you do (or don't), would the church grow, decline, or die? Who can you invite and bring to Easter Weekend worship, the Glow-in-the-Dark Egg Hunt, Financial Peace University, and/or your Growth Group?

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