Friday, March 21, 2008

Discipleship Groups at Grace

Grace Church,

We are in an exciting time here at Grace Church. The pastors and elders are united by a common vision for reflecting God’s glory by making disciples at Grace Church and the greater Wyoming area. Part of this vision includes something that we are calling “Discipleship Groups”. At the heart of our discipleship groups are four simple Biblical truths:

1. The chief calling on our lives is to glorify God by following Jesus in the power of the Spirit—from the cross to glory (Matthew 10:37-39).
2. The chief elements of following Christ are seeing God and his Word rightly (2 Timothy 3:16; John 17), being a worshiper/lover of God (Matthew 22:37-39), being a debtor/lover of people (Matthew 22:39), recognizing our dependence on God (John 15:5), being a suffering servant (Matthew 20:25-28, John 15:20), being a part of the body of Christ (Romans 12:4-5), and growing in godliness (1 Timothy).
3. The chief context for following Jesus is within a community of believers—the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12).
4. The chief call of a community of believers to each other and to the world is: “follow me as I follow Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1)—from the cross to glory.

Specifically, we want to invite you to be a part of one of the six discipleship groups (3 men and 3 women) which are set to begin on the week of April 7th. Below you will find some of the details about the discipleship groups. Right here, I want to encourage you to join with the leadership at Grace in praying that God would use the discipleship groups to glorify His name by bearing much fruit in and through us. And I want to challenge you to consider coming alongside of us as we follow Christ together!

Who: Everyone who has a heart for (or curiosity about) following Jesus and calling others to follow Him as well.

What: In order to foster and maintain the kind of honesty, openness, vulnerability, fellowship and community that we believe the Bible urges us toward, discipleship groups will be less than 12 people (of the same sex), led by a trained leader, and designed to spur one another on in following Jesus and serve as a springboard for life together. .

When: Beginning the week of April 7th the discipleship groups will meet, at the leader’s discretion, at least twice/month (usually 3-4 times).

Where: Various locations (usually homes) determined by the group.

Why: To glorify God by obeying His calling to be disciples (followers of Jesus) and His commission to make disciples of all nations because of our love for God and others.

More information will be made available soon. Please feel free to contact Pastor Dave, or any of the other elders, if you have any thoughts or questions.

Most Sincerely,
Pastor Dave

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