Rhythms

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:

What is a Disciple?

A disciple by definition is a follower of Jesus. Which means that discipleship is the process of showing someone how to follow Jesus.

Here’s how that looks, a healthy disciple is a person that is responding to the gospel by growing as a:

Worshiper: Growing in the knowledge of God, and in your love for God, having right beliefs, right practices and right affections (John 4:23-24, Ephesians 3:14-21, Colossians 1:9-14, Colossians 3:17, Romans 12:1-2, Hebrews 12:1-2, 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, 1 Peter 1:13-16, 1 Peter 2:2-3, 1 Peter 2:9-10, 2 Peter 3:18, 1 Thessalonians 1:3, 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 (John 13:34-35, Acts 2:42-47, Acts 4:32-35, Heb 3:12-14, Heb 10:19-25, Colossians 3:12-16, Romans 12:1-17, 1 Peter 1:22-23, 1 Thess 2:8, 2 Thes 1:3, Hebrews 12:14, 1 Corinthians 5:4, 1 Corinthians 11:33, 1 Corinthians 12).

Steward: Leveraging your time, talent and treasure through service, hospitality, and generosity for the sake of the church family and your neighbor (Matt. 6:19-24, Matt 25:14-30, Matt 25:42-45, Luke 10:25-37, Luke 12:13-21, Romans 12:13, 1 Peter 4:9-10, 1 Tim 6:17-19, 1 Cor 12-13, 2 Corinthians 8:1-9, 2 Corinthians 9:1-15, 1 John 3:16-17, 1 Tim 5:10, Titus 1:8).

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 (John 4:35-37, John 20:21, Mark 16:15, Mt 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, Romans 10:14-17, 2 Timothy 2:2, 2 Corinthians 2:15, 2 Corinthians 5:20, 1 Cor 9:19).

The Primary Way that Discipleship happens?

  • Discipleship is life-on-life
  • Discipleship takes place within the context of the local church
  • Discipleship is an individual responsibility but it’s also a shared task
  • Discipleship should challenge you in your missional efforts

Discipleship isn’t just "feed me"… it’s feed me so that I can feed others!

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.
D-Group
(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

SunMonTuesWedThursFriSat
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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