Here is one example of the Discovery Group process. This allows the Father himself to teach (John 6:45) as the group together discovers who God is and comes to know and love Him.
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Discovery Group Meeting
Questions for Discovery Groups for Households of Peace
(who do not yet follow Jesus)
- What are you thankful for?
- What are your struggling with / stressed by? How about your family, friends, and neighbors?
- Is there anything this group can do to help with any of these struggles/stresses?
REVIEW the previous story
Ask someone to retell the story from last meeting.
- What did this teach us about God?
- What did this teach us about ourselves / people?
- How did you apply / obey?
- Who did you tell (and their response)?
READ multiple times and everyone RE-TELL the new story
What does this teach us about God?
- What does this teach us about God?
- What does this teach us about ourselves / people?
- What do you need to apply / obey?
- Who are you going to tell?
Shallow discipleship tends to take place when new believers learn that:
- The main thing expected of them is to attend church meetings once or twice a week.
- Obedience to Scripture is encouraged but not required.
- The most important teachings from God will be presented to them by a church leader.
Sadly, these are among the messages many new believers around the world receive.
The best way to nurture real discipleship is to train new believers to:
- Interact with God’s Word (the Bible) for themselves and discover (together with other believers) what it says and how it applies to their lives.
- Obey what they believe God is telling them to do through His Word.
- Share the “real situation” of their lives with other followers of Jesus, to pray for and encourage one another, and apply the “one anothers” of the NT.
- Share the reality of life in Christ with those who don’t yet know Him.
These patterns of real discipleship are at the heart of what we see in church planting movements.
1. How are you searching for Persons of Peace (Luke 10)? Are you following this pattern Jesus used to send out the 12 and 72?
2. Are you trying to share the gospel with groups instead of individuals? How? Have you encouraged believers to follow the web of their own oikos (family &friends) relationships to share what they are learning about God? (John 1:43-49)
3. To what degree have you helped new seekers and believers to tells other people what they are learning and doing to follow God? (Lk 15; Acts 2:14-41; 13:16-43)
1. Ministry creates access for evangelism. Share in truth and power (“Kingdom of God is near” and “Heal the sick”) (Luke 10:9). Ministries open the door for church planting and lead to community transformation as the church obeys the ministry commands of Scripture. Ministry (meeting needs in healthy ways — including mercy ministries but also prayer, healings, honest business, education, etc.) should precede evangelism and evangelism must always be the desired result of ministry.
2. Use the access to find persons of peace (Matthew 10, Luke 9, Luke 10) who open a family/group to the gospel.
3. Evangelize oikos’ (households and relational networks) as your main focus (Luke 10:5-8).
4. Use culturally-appropriate evangelism that becomes discipleship of lost people (1 Corinthians 9:19-23).
Help those learning from the Father reproduce evangelism immediately.