Week 7 - Sharing Truth
WEEK 7 - Sharing Truth
Sharing the Truth About the Gospel
 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  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 all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Our mission as a church is based on Jesus' final words to his followers. A command which applies to us even today "go make disciples". Jesus in v. 18 notes that his authority spans the entire universe and these disciples are now to go and make it known to everyone (see also Romans 15; Ephesians 2). They are to go and share the good news of Jesus. To believe it, to live it out and then to share it with others.
“A disciple is one who follows Jesus, is being changed by Jesus, and is committed to the mission of Jesus.” - Jim Putman, Real-Life Discipleship
As a leader, you know this well. It may even seem like we talk of it too often. However, those in your group may still be naive to our mission. Similarly, they might not understand the purpose of Discipleship Groups. Why we gather each week? Why we cover these topics like listening or speaking? Or why we ask such personal questions? Or why they are asked to go and "live it out"?
The reality is that many come in with some form of previous small group experience (e.g. LifeGroup, Home Group, Missional Community, Bible Study, etc.). And that experience will inform how they participate in your group and even what they expect from them before they ever attend.
So I wonder, does your group know their mission and vision? Does your group know that they are being trained up to make disciples? Whether young or old, parents or single, a new believer or lifelong - if they are in Christ Jesus' commission applies to them.
“We have moved so far away from Jesus’s command that many Christians don’t have a frame of reference for what disciple-making looks like.” - Francis Chan, Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples
Discipleship occurs, in our groups, when we help each other follow Jesus. When we incarnate the love of God to one another. When we remind each other of the Gospel and point each other to God's Word. When we help carry one another's burdens. But, our call goes even beyond that. We are also called to engage those outside our circle.
Your group is a gospel outpost, a light among the neighborhood you meet in. It's God's desire and our vision that the city you are part of would be impacted by the gospel of Jesus. You and those you gather with each week have been commissioned. Those who have been redeemed and are continuously being transformed by the grace of God have been called to proclaim the good news of Jesus and help instruct others on how to follow him. Through our groups and our church, we want to see every neighborhood reached for Jesus. Impacted by the gospel of Jesus. Family, what a wonderful and glorious work we get to be part of. And best of all, we are not alone in this - Jesus himself is with us "always" (v. 20).
Thank you for your dedication to this effort and the loving guidance you provide to those in your care. I am truly grateful for each of you and praise God for his unending love of you.
Pastor Tim Chavira
MEDIA + LITURGY
Below is a guideline for your time together this week:
Vision Cast - Spend a few minutes talking about why we gather each week (to grow as disciples and disciple-makers) and what our goals are as a ministry (to impact our neighborhood for Jesus). Also, from here out, it'll be important for you to continue talking about the informal time coming up. Again, some questions to consider are;
How is your group going to impact your neighborhood this season?
What events will you plan so you can invite non-believers to attend?
What will you do to serve together?
Key scripture(s) from the sermon; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
Training (video) - This week we will learn the importance of giving gospel truths to each other and not just good advice. But first, we will need to know the gospel in order to share it. And, we will also want to use the skills of listening and asking before we can speak those truths.
Apprenticeship - Out of the teaching, we'll be spending a few minutes to prayerfully consider where we might be struggling with fear. Then we will share with each other in our subgroups. The goal is to listen, ask questions and look for opportunities to speak gospel truth to one another. Remember we want to avoid "good advice" and focus on giving the good news of Jesus.
Immersion - Spend 5 minutes or so briefly going through the questions. Living out the immersion is an opportunity for us to incarnate Jesus to one another. To put into practice the disciple-making skills we are learning each week.