And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” —Matthew 28:18-20
Jesus’ model for impacting the world began with investing in the lives of a few. In the same way, a robust approach to spiritual growth and discipleship should include a consistent engagement with others in a variety of different contexts. Through our Discipleship Groups, we hope to foster opportunities to be deeply known in a group of 3-5 people committed to helping one another apply the good news of Jesus to each aspect of daily life.
- Male or Female groups
- 3-5 People
- Meeting twice a month for 9 months
- Commitment to multiply afterward
- Each meeting focuses on three areas of emphasis: Intentional Prayer, Practical Study, and Gospel-Centered Accountability
Consistently practicing kingdom-focused prayer through the framework of Christ’s example in Matthew 6:9-13:
- Our Father in heaven (Reflecting on our identity in Christ)
- Hallowed be your name (Praising the character of God)
- Your kingdom come (Surrendering to Christ’s rule in our lives)
- Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven (Seeking to align our hearts with God’s)
- Give us this day our daily bread (Trusting in contentment for God to provide)
- And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors (Confessing our sin and receiving God’s forgiveness)
- And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil (Asking for strength and protection to live as a follower of Christ)
Utilizing a Bible reading plan (i.e., E100) and regular study to learn in community how all of Scripture points to Christ, culminates in the gospel, and applies to our daily life:
- What does the passage say?
- Sins to avoid?
- Promises to claim?
- Examples to follow?
- Commands to obey?
- Knowledge to remember?
- How does it point to Christ?
- How does it apply to you?
Ongoing discussion questions geared towards sharing areas of daily life where the good news of Jesus is not experienced and learning to apply the gospel through offering mutual encouragement:
- How has God’s grace been evident in your life?
- What idols have been present in your life? What is the gospel’s response?
- Where in your daily life have you fallen into the legalism of religion? What is the gospel’s response?
- Where in your daily life have you fallen into the licentiousness of irreligion? What is the gospel’s response?
- What questions do you currently have?
- What/Who are you currently praying for?