Learning the basics
WHY SHOULD I DISCIPLE OTHERS?
Disciple is used over 265 in New Testament, Christian is only used 3. Dr. Robert E. Coleman once remarked, “men were His method.” Indeed, discipleship was the method of our Master. If we are to be like Jesus, surely we ought to be investing our lives in others as He did.
WHAT IS A D-GROUP?
A D-Group is a small, same gender group of people meeting at least once a week in pursuit of Jesus. Together, a D-Group is learning to submit to the Lordship of Jesus so that they are increasingly made into His image and engaged in His mission. The format of a D-Group is not one of a teacher-student, but a roundtable discussion.
I'M ALREADY IN A SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS, SHOULD I JOIN A D-GROUP?
While Sunday School classes exist for the purposes of equipping, community growth, and fellowship, they have an underlying additional purpose (or they should have): evangelism. Classes are designed to reach lost people by getting them involved in the group. A D-Group, on the other hand, consists of believers who desire a deeper walk with Christ. It is not evangelistic in its form or function, but in its fruit: it makes disciples who will then go on to make more disciples.
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LOOKING TO JESUS' EXAMPLE
LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR YOUR GROUP
HOW DO I INVITE OTHERS INTO MY D-GROUP?
Look for people who are teachable! Jesus said simply, “follow me.” It was an invitation into His life. In the same way, invite others to share life with you. Remember: it’s not as much about you teaching them as it is about you all learning together.
WHERE SHOULD MY GROUP MEET?
Feel free to meet in a public space so long as you can still share times of meaningful prayer and accountability together. Meeting outside the church helps people see that it’s okay to read the Bible at a restaurant or to pray in public. It’s also good to meet in homes, where biblical instruction should ideally start.
WHAT RESOURCES SHOULD I USE IN MY D-GROUP?
We believe that the Bible is the best place to start. We encourage D-Groups to use the F-260 Reading Plan. The F-260 is a two hundred and sixty day reading plan from Replicate Ministries that highlights the foundational passages of Scripture that every disciple should know.
WHAT DOES EACH GROUP LOOK LIKE?
Each meeting should ideally include time for catching up (5-10 minutes), reading God’s Word and sharing journal entries (40-45 minutes), praying together (15+ minutes), reviewing Scripture you’ve memorized together throughout the week (10 minutes), and engaging in accountability (10-15 minutes).