- Prayerfully prepare a view of “What God will Do” as an EndVision (Acts 19:10, Romans 15:18-19) that you continually use for prayer, planning and evaluation.
- Research – know and continue to learn about the population group you are reaching.
- Be intentional in following and evaluating your progress in the critical elements toward movements.
- Be very honest in evaluating both strengths and weaknesses and make necessary changes.Keep scripture as your guide and continually look for ways your assumptions and preconceptions are negatively affecting you.
- Be accountable to God and each other.
Here is one example of a Creation to Christ sequence designed for those from a Shame – Honor society. Again, you will need to pray and work to adapt the process to the situation and worldview of those you serve.
Discovery Group Series with Shame/Honor Themes
- Naked and Unashamed (Shame/Cover-Ups) Genesis 2:18-3:11
- Joseph in Potiphar’s House (Honor: Fear of God) Genesis 39:1-23
- Moses/Miriam/Aaron (Sibling Honor/Shame) Numbers 12:1-15
- Korah’s Rebellion (Usurping Honor) Numbers 16:1-50
- Deborah/Barak/Jael (Honor for Bold Obedience) Judges 4:1-24
- Hannah (From Dishonor to Honor) I Samuel 1:1-28
- Ahab/Jehoshaphat/Micaiah (Dishonor: Alignments) 2 Chronicles 18:1-34
- Mary and Joseph (Lineage: Cultural Shame/Honor) Matthew 1:1-25
- Jesus and Fasting (Ceremonial Honor/Dishonor) Matthew 6:16-24
- Elisabeth and Zacharias ( From Dishonor to Honor) Luke 1:5-25
- The Prodigal Son (Honor by Grace for the Dishonorable) Luke 15:11-32
- Rich Man and Lazarus (Status and Honor) Luke 16:19-31
- Honor of Jesus (God’s Honor) John 1: 1-18
- Incarnation of Christ (From Dishonor to Honor) Philippians 2:4-11
- Woman at the Well (Cultural Dishonor/Honor) John 4:4-42
- Jesus Washes Disciples’ Feet (Countercultural Honor) John 13:1-17
- Judas (Shame that Leads to Death) Matthew 26:14-16, 47-50; 27:1-10
- Jesus on the Cross (Countercultural Honor) Matthew 27:27-54
- Jesus’ Resurrection (Dishonor/Honor) Matthew 28:1-20
For those from an honor/shame-oriented culture, this story list can be used with the usual DBS questions.
However, you might want to add one extra question (besides the usual DBS questions) for these studies:
- What does this teach us about God?
- What does this teach us about ourselves / people?
2a. Who is honored or put to shame in this story? Why?
- What do you need to apply / obey? (“I will…”)
- Is there some way we could apply this as a group? (“We will…”)
- Who are you going to tell? (“I will…”)
The Spirit of God is launching Church-Planting Movements (CPMs) around the world, just as he has done at various times in history. With Acts-like DNA disciples, churches and leaders are multiplying every few months. In the glorious mystery of God causing the growth, we find that he calls us to join him in the work.
As these modern movements have emerged, the Spirit is using a variety of “models” to start CPMs. Perhaps the majority of fruitful CPM models are adaptations of two major approaches: Training for Trainers (“T4T” – developed by Ying Kai) and Disciple-Making Movements (“DMM” – sometimes called the Discovery Bible Study model – “DBS” – taught widely by David Watson). There are other approaches God is using to start CPMs, but these two major models seem to be producing the majority of CPM results in the world.
We are often asked if we prefer the “T4T” model or the “DMM (DBS)” model. Do we teach more a “Ying Kai” model or “David Watson” model? Is a particular training more of a “Steve Smith” or “Stan Parks” approach?
To which we would all reply:
What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. (1 Cor. 3:5-7 ESV)
See this two part article for more examination of this issue.