discipleship happens in relationships

Based on the model that we see in Acts 2:42-47, we’ve established Community Groups to be the place where discipleship happens. Discipleship comes from the word disciple, by definition a disciple is a follower of Jesus, so discipleship is growing as a follower of Jesus. Here’s how we have characterized a healthy disciple:

A healthy disciple is a person that is responding to the gospel by growing as a:

Worshiper: Growing in their love for God through right beliefs, affections, practices (2 Thes 1:3; Heb 12:14; 2 Peter 3:18; 1 Peter 2:2-3; 1 Tim 4:7-8)

Family Member: Gathering regularly with the family of God corporately, and communally throughout the week for the purpose of growing in personal holiness, love for one another and mission. (Acts 2:42-47; Heb 3:12; Heb 10:19-25; Colossians 3:16; 1 Thess 2:8, John 13:34-35)

Steward: Leveraging your time, talent and treasure through service, hospitality, and generosity for the sake of the church family and your neighbor. (One Another commands; 1 Cor 12-13; Luke 10, Matt. 6:19-24; Matt 25:14-30; Luke 12:13-21; 1 Tim 6:17-19, 2 Corinthians 8:1-9; 2 Corinthians 9:1-15; 1 John 3:16-17; 1 Tim 5:10; Titus 1:8; 1 Peter 4:8-9; Matt 25:42-46; Romans 12:13)

Missionary: Living as an ambassador of Christ by engaging the lost with the gospel in order to show what it means to know, love and follow Jesus. (Mt 28:18-20, Acts 1:8; 2 Cor 5:20, 2:15; 1 Cor 9:19)

For this to happen it takes life-on-life relationships within the context of the local church. One of the ways we say it is like this: growing in Christ is a group project. If it takes a village to raise a child then it takes a church to raise a Christian, understanding that every Spirit-filled Christian has the ability to disciple.

This means that we have to see the church for what it is, and that’s a family. This is the model that’s held up all throughout the New Testament. So the church isn’t like a family, the church is a family. Our community groups are the space we have created for us to live this out together within the context of our local church.

Within these Community Groups, we have established what we call rhythms. Rhythms help us have a framework for Biblical community that’s designed to help foster and facilitate our growth as a disciple, growing as a worshiper, a family member, a steward and as a missionary.

Community Group Rhythms

We share a meal together and have a structured discussion time
  • This creates a space to practice hospitality and invites others in.
  • It allows us to be a family and grow in our relationships with one another.
  • This allows us to engage in Biblical discussion together.
(Every-other week)
  • This happens in gender-specific groups where we break up into guys and girls for safer space and smaller groups.
  • This is a structured study through God’s Word that’s designed to foster, a better understanding of who God is, experience greater depth in the Word, prayer, accountability, and training for the mission.

How the Rhythms Look Each Month

Example Community Group Monthly Calendar

Week 1Meal Together
Week 2D-Group
Week 3Meal Together
Week 4D-Group

Example Community Group Monthly Calendar

Week 1
Wed. - Meal Together

Week 2
Wed. - D-Group

Week 3
Wed. - Meal Together

Week 4
Wed. - D-Group

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