Session: D Group Commitment Meeting
Subject: D- Groups
Central Theme: Commit to a D-group
Objective sentence: You can commit to being involved in a D group by noticing three elements of what is involved.
Key Word: Elements
- Example: I was on staff as an intern at a church when I was in college with another young man who had grown up at that church who was also in college named James. We were out one day at Sam’s Club and had lunch at Sam’s club. The guy who took our order was a guy that James had known in High School. When we got to our seats, he told me that the guy was like the most popular, athletic guy at his high school. He said that there was a time in his life where he was really concerned about what that guy thought of him, and aspired to be like that guy. “Now I find out that he’s just the guy that serves hot dogs at Sam’s club.” Now there is nothing wrong with being the guy that serves food at a resteraunt. That not my point. My point is that my friend had committed so much of his time, energy and thought into wondering if he would be accepted by a guy who was just a normal guy. It didn’t really matter what the Sam’s Club restraunt guy thought of him.
- Example: By far the human relationships that I’ve gotten the most out of are the ones I have the most investment in. The more I pour into my marriage relationship, the more I get out of it- and the more I get the kind of things I want out of it.
- The things that I get the most out of in life are the things to which I am most committed.
- This can be work for you and it can work against you.
- It works for you when you commit to the right things, and works against you when you commit to the wrong things.
- Tonight I’m going to ask you to commit to a process that will produce spiritual growth and spiritual fruit in your life.
- Tonight I’m going to ask you to be a part of something that has the potential to be life changing for you and in the lives of others.
- I believe that the potential of what could happen in your life as a result of this continuing commitment in your life is exponential.
- I’m going to ask you to commit to being involved with a group of people for the purpose of discipleship.
- Now for you to understand what you’re getting into I want you to notice three elements of what is involved in this process of discipleship.
Element #1- Our Mission
- Make disciples.
- Disciple- a learner, student, apprentice.
(18) And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. (19) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (20) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
- “matheteuo”- make disciples.
- Goal: people who “observe all things Jesus commanded.”
- A disciple is…
- …fully devoted to Jesus Christ.
- …actively reading and obeying the Word of God.
- …seeing the world through a biblical worldview.
- …committed to making disciples themselves.
- …passionate and obedient to a lifestyle of soul winning.
Element #2- Our Model
- Jesus Christ!
(13) And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him (14) And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach (15) And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:(16) And Simon he surnamed Peter (17) And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder: (18) And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite,(19) And Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed him: and they went into an house.
- Jesus chose 12
- To be with him
- To send them to preach
THE CHARACTERISTICS OF JESUS’ DISCIPLE-MAKING MINISTRY
- It had a beginning (Mk. 3:15) and an ending (3 ½ years later). (While the training ended, the relationship did not).
- It emphasized basics (the basics of both doctrine and ministry). The average Christian already knows much more than they are willing to obey.
- Flexible (it can be done anytime or anywhere).
- Involved both individuals and small groups—yet never ignored the multitudes. We cannot ignore other ministries of the church while we are discipling.
- It must be done in and through the context of the Local Church.
- It was effective & life-changing; it produced men who died for Him & His cause.
Act 2:41-42 (41) Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.(42) And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
- Paul took on his model as well.
2Ti 2:1-2 (1) Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.(2) And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
2Ti 3:10-17 (10) But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, (11) Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. (12) Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. (13) But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.(14) But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; (15) And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.(16) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:(17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
So what are the necessary elements of disciple making?
- Discipleship involves the study of God’s Word.
- It is far more than ordinary Bible teaching or Bible Study.
- Discipleship is not a program offered by the church.
- Discipleship is not finishing a class, filling in the blanks, and working through certain curriculum.
- Behind the Problem:
- A program orientation produces “nominal” Christians rather than “fully devoted followers of Christ.”
- In a program approach to church, there is little to no requirement to do anything more than “come and listen.”
- The missing elements are relationships & obedience.
- Discipleship requires fellowship (time to sit and talk; eating together; doing “real life” things together; time for relationships to develop).
- Discipleship requires time in prayer together.
- Discipleship requires involvement in ministry together (OJT).
- Visitation, Learning to Witness & soul-winning, ministry to the needy, etc.
- Above all, discipleship requires teaching people to “be doers of the Word & not hearers only” (James 1:22).
- It is the difference in teaching and training.
- It is “coaching.” (A coach teaches, then demonstrates, has disciple do; then the coach corrects, has disciple practice, etc.)
- Illus: Imagine learning to swim from a classroom.
- All these activities were included in Jesus’ call to His disciples (Mark 3:15)
- It is far more than ordinary Bible teaching or Bible Study.
Element #3- Our Method
- Discipleship groups- 3-5 people meeting with a mentor.
- What will these groups do?
- MEET: The group will meet each week for an hour. It is up to the group’s members when and where they want to meet. Each meeting will consist of sharing what the group members have learned in their personal Bible study during the week.
- STUDY: There is a notebook that the group will go through that has three basic activities.
- Memory Verse
- E.A.R. Journal Schedule
- ACCOUNTABILITY: According to Hebrews 10:24 we have a biblical responsibility to “provoke unto love and to good works.” Each group will strive to hold each other accountable to the basic Christian disciplines that each believer must master if they are to grow spiritually.
- PRAYER: Each group will pray together during each meeting, will commit to pray for each other throughout the week
- SERVE: A disciple is a “doer.” As the group begins to grow spiritually it should be reflected in a willingness to serve in the church.
- MULTIPLY: Disciples make disciples. As groups mature and develop God will provide opportunities for group members to begin their own group under the direction of the church. Without a willingness to “pass it along,” the group will simply be another Bible study (which we do not need).
- COMMIT: Each participant, including the mentor, will sign a Disciple making covenant.
I will commit to the following expectations:
- I pledge myself fully to the Lord with the anticipation that I am entering a time of accelerated spiritual transformation.
- I will meet with my Discipleship Group for approximately one hour every week, unless providentially hindered.
- I will complete all assignments on a weekly basis before my group meeting, in order to contribute to the discussion.
- I will contribute to an atmosphere of confidentiality, honesty, and transparency for the edification of others in the group as well as my own spiritual growth.
- I will pray every week for the other men/women who are in my discipleship group.
- I will begin praying about multiplying the discipleship process as the Lord prepares me and as He brings others into my life.
- I will faithfully attend Sunday School, Sunday Morning services and Wednesday evenings unless providentially hindered.
- I will begin praying for the Lord to lead me into a meaningful area of service within the church as I begin to grow spiritually.
What I want to do now is for you to get into the three groups that are represented here tonight to do four things:
- Communicate about what your weekly meeting time will be. Schedule your first meeting.
- Receive the disciple making covenant and the first lesson.
- Notice the memory verse, H.E.A.R. Journal reading, and lesson.
- Share your cellphone numbers with each other so you can be in contact with each other during the week.
- Dismiss with a time of prayer. Ask each member for one specific request. Write down the requests and pray for each other throughout the week. Take a few minutes to pray.