Discipleship Groups, or D-Groups, are smaller groups of about four people who meet together regularly for the purpose of growing closer to Christ and supporting one another in biblical community. A D-Group is an excellent way for people to follow the Great Commission given by Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20: “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
The resource you now hold in your hand (or view on your tablet) is designed to help you disciple others. We know that making disciples happens best in small communities; preferably a D-Group of 4-6 people. Each week, as this D-Group meets, they will memorize Scripture, share their experiences with God, develop accountable relationships, and ultimately replicate themselves by starting a new D-Group and inviting others to draw nearer to God and to each other.
Disciples are best made in a community of close relationships. Jesus had Peter, James, and John. The apostle Paul had Timothy, Silas, and Luke. David had his inner circle of three mighty men. A D-Group is not just any group, it is a biblical group. That is... a D-Group is a smaller group of about four people who meet together to share the Word of God with each other; learn Scripture together, and support and encourage each other through prayer and relationships; and ultimately start more D-Groups and make more disciples.
D-Groups are easy to start. Simply invite three other people to join you, plan your first get-together, decide what Bible passage the group wants to immerse themselves in, and then follow through with! Consider inviting three people from your Small Group or Sunday School class. A class that has several people involved in D-Groups is going to be a great class. A D-Group will not only help the participants grow spiritually, it can also help the whole class! Or, you might invite three friends, neighbors, or acquaintances who are unchurched and use the D-Group to lead them to Christ.
You need a Bible. At your first D-Group meeting, see what translation everyone else is using. It is helpful (though not necessary) for everyone to have the same translation. You may also need a journal to record your thoughts and what you hear God speaking to you every day and during your group. Develop an agreement with other group members (a group covenant) that includes expectations about attendance, preparation, accountability, and also an agreement that what is said in the group, stays in the group.
In our welcome center is a table with "Make Disciples" merchandise; at the table are cards you can fill out with information about joining a group. When we have enough cards we will start new groups.