OFFERS CLARITY TO THE MISSION OF CHRIST
Above all else, Christ commanded us to make disciples (Matt 28:19-20). It is not only the command of Christ but it should be our delight to share His gospel message. D-Groups help to clarify the great commandment of Christ while developing the work of sanctification within the believer. Jesus wants us to join Him in His work so that He can shape us into His image while turning a lost world from darkness to the light.
RAISES THE BAR OF COMMITMENT
Jesus is careful to tell us to count the cost of becoming a disciple because the cost is so great. In Mark 10, the Bible recounts the meeting of Jesus and the rich young ruler. The rich young ruler, having kept all the commandments as he knew them, knelt at the feet of Jesus and asked if there was anything more he needed to do to receive eternal life. Scripture tells us that, “Jesus looked at him and loved him” (verse 21), and knowing the young man’s possessions were keeping him from freedom, Jesus asked him to give up all of his possessions for the poor. We all know the story. The rich, young man went away sad. He preferred the bondage of his possessions over the true cost of discipleship.
Attaching yourself to a D-Group will continually challenge you to seek out and live the life of Christ. Not the life that we think is valuable, but the life that Christ has called us to. This is understood as knowing God’s will for our lives and following that will against all odds and worldly pleasures.
GROWTH IN GOD'S WORD
Philippians 2:12-13 states, “So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” Living more like Christ is found when we love Him more deeply each day. This comes by spending time with God. Time spent in the Word and time spent in prayer. Someone once said being a disciple is “walking, talking and acting like Jesus.” That can only be accomplished by growing in Christ through His Word. Learning and obeying Scripture is essential for one’s growth as a disciple of Christ. The D-Group will set you on a course for spiritual maturity while training you how to lead others to that same deepness in the Word of God.
Discipleship is not just a solo effort—though it takes personal action and engagement in spiritual disciplines. Discipleship is a group sport, best done in community! There are no Lone Ranger Christians (and even the Lone Ranger had Tonto). We are responsible for, and to each other. It has been said that the gift God gave you is not for you alone. Instead, it is to be shared with others. When we truly believe that our actions will impact the spiritual development of others, it will change the way we live. We are responsible before God to be involved in discipleship—ours as well as others.