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									Helping Adults
to be Like
Jesus
Bill Alphin
Bible Study and Discipleship Coordinator and Adult Consultant
Virginia Baptist Mission Board
billalphin@VBMB.ORG 800-255-2428 X221
4/21/06
What is Jesus Like?


What does it mean to
Be “like Jesus”?


Did Jesus Grow in God?
     How did Jesus grow in
         faith in God?
•   Lk    2—Formal study/training.
•   Lk    3—With God in the Wilderness.
•   Lk    4—Life crisis at home.
•   Lk    8—Family conflict.
•   Lk    9—Peter’s confession.
•   Lk   22-The Garden experience.
•   Lk   23-Crisis at the cross.
Being Like Jesus Includes…
• Trust in God.
• Experiences a sense of personal well-being,
    security and peace.
•   Integrates faith and life.
•   Seeks spiritual growth through study,
    refection, prayer and discussion.
•   Seeks to be part of a faith community.
•   Ministry (Selfish or Self-less).
•   “Kingdom living”.
     How do we develop a mature
               faith?
•   Through study.
•   Reflection.
•   Prayer.
•   Discussion in a faith community.
•   Service.
•   Testing faith out in real life.
•   Developing Actual Christian Values.
Christian maturity doesn’t happen
           over night!
•   Faith in God grows in stages.
•   It grows in faith community.
•   It requires discipline.
•   It requires nurture.
•   It requires ministry.
•   Growing faith is a life-long endeavor.
    We never “arrive”.
            What can I do?

•   Quiet study and reflection.
•   Listening and looking for God.
•   Time in community.
•   Getting outside of “self”.
•   Talk about your faith.
•   Remain open to God changing you.
Path to Spiritual Growth”   Richard Foster



 • Inward Disciplines
  –   Meditation
  –   Prayer
  –   Fasting
  –   Study
• Outward Disciplines
  –   Simplicity
  –   Solitude
  –   Submission
  –   Service
• Corporate Disciplines
  –   Confession
  –   Worship
  –   Guidance
  –   Celebration
Christian Growth happens best...

• Where there is intimacy.
• Where there is purposeful and sequential
    small groups.
•   Where there is mentoring.
•   Where there is modeling.
•   Where there is discipline.
•   Where there is accountability.
•   The KEY: Trusting relationships!
  Disciple making requires a
    system of groups that
   provides three levels of
        relationships...
• Celebration/Worship group: (Unity)
• Congregation (ABF): (Fellowship)
• Cell or small group: <12 (Intimacy and
                        accountability)
  About Smaller Congregations…
• Yes, smaller congregations can be
 an effective disciple making church.

• Smaller churches can be intentional.

• Rely on the one-on-one mentoring
 and networking opportunities.

• Mentor one leader who mentors one
 leader…
    Small groups and intimacy:
• Intimacy requires groups to be closed.
• Intimacy requires continuation: Groups
  must be ongoing (Sometimes meeting for
  more than a year.
• Open Sunday School classes must allow for
  new people and those who “come and go” on
  a weekly basis.
• Intimacy allows for accountability. Sunday
  School classes generally require only
  “faithfulness” to the class.
Helping Adults “Be Like Jesus” in
the Sunday School Class…
• Practice the three functions of Sunday
 School:
  – Fellowship (Lifestyle evangelism) (15 min.)
  – Bible Study (30 min.) –High quality.
  – Nurture and care ministry.
• Point people who “want more” to a small
  group.
• Work to keep the class “open” to guest.
     Small groups should be
          sequential...
This means people are grouped
 together according to where they are
 in their faith journey...

Each phase of discipleship
 moves the disciple to a higher level of
 commitment.
Groups As Disciple Making Tools:
• Covenant Group.
• Basic Accountability Group.
• Ongoing Accountability Group.
• Ministry Community.
• Support Group.
• Fishing Pools.
• Task Groups and Committees.
Covenant Groups
• Small groups of up to 12 persons.
• Focusing on the lowest level of
  disciple making (come and see).
• Serves as an introduction to small
  groups.
• Open but become closed.
• Meet for 13-26 weeks.
Basic Accountability Group
• Group of 6-12.
• Meets for 6-24 months.
• Focuses on the “Come and follow me”
  stage.
• The group is closed.
• Establishes the basic habits (prayer,
  Bible study, quiet time, witnessing,
  fellowship, obedience, growth.
Ongoing Accountability Group

• Group of 7-17.
• Focuses on the “Be with me” stage
  and “Remain in Me” stage.
• The group is closed and long-term in
  nature.
• Helps maintain basic habits and add
  new ones.
• It may occasionally re-open.
Ministry Community

•   Meeting of all small group leaders.
•   Meets once or twice a month.
•   Vision-casting.
•   Huddle (Communication)
•   Skill development.
•   Mutual encouragement.
•   Ministry planning.
A small group leader should be...
    (In part, from Bob Gilliam, T-Net International)

• Beyond the “Follow Me” phase.
• The kind of person you could “catch”
  Christianity from if you weren’t
  careful.
• Specifically trained to lead a small
  group.
• Observed as gifted and able.
• Support of the mission of the church.
Develop disciple making leaders
• Affirm those who are effective
    Christian disciples and leaders.
•   Provide vision and encouragement.
•   Discover and utilize spiritual gifts.
•   Create accountability relationships
    for leaders through a leadership
    community.
•   Free leaders of institutional
    Maintenance. Edward H. Hammett Making the Church Work.
Training for Small Group Leaders

•   Understand group dynamics.
•   Life cycle of small groups.
•   Expectations of participants.
•   Practice conflict utilization skills.
•   Develop/practice facilitator skills.
•   Understand role of small group.
The Leadership Community
(The T-Net Model)


 • Nurture (Plenary Session)
 • Vision Casting-Large Picture (Plenary
     Session)
 •   Cross-pollination of ideas and
     activities. (Plenary)
 •   Skill Development (Sub-groups by
     type)
 •   Huddle/Planning (Sub-groups by type)
 •   Meets at least monthly.
Getting Started…
• What do you want to accomplish?
• Develop a plan.
• Inventory existing small groups.
• What small groups are needed?
• What about your leadership base?
• Enlist and train new leaders.
• Select curriculum resources.
• Set a date for new groups.
• Enlist participants.
Ensuring a Successful Small
Group Ministry…
• Have a person responsible for
  coordination of small group min.
• Make sure the church knows what is
  happening with the small group
  ministry.
• Maintain the leadership community
  and on-going training.
• Develop new small group leaders.

								
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