The process of discipleship is a fundamental pillar of the Christian faith. As the Lord Jesus was about to ascend into the heavens, he left us this charge, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” (Matt. 28:19 ESV). For believers, the call is sure and necessary. We have been tasked with taking the Gospel to the world, and thus making disciples of all. The process of discipleship requires more than mere information, rather it requires reformation. The Apostle Paul implores, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…” (Rom. 12:2 ESV). In view of the Apostle’s writing, we recognize that discipleship requires our hearts to be continually transformed into the image of Christ. This means that we continually aim our love and desires towards the Master and what he desires rather than what we desire.
We believe that small groups is an effective tool in the discipleship process. Joining fellow believers in a small group setting provides an environment that is conducive for the edification of the body of Christ. Proverbs states, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” (Prov. 27:17 ESV). As we are continually transformed into the image of Christ, it is helpful to have fellow believers who understand that the process of discipleship, though joyful at times, is often filled with mistakes. This is where the body of Christ is so important in the process. We follow the Apostle Paul’s instruction, “Rather, speaking truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” (Eph. 4:15 ESV). The Bible is clear that Christ never intended the New Testament Church to operate on a solo basis, rather we are constantly reminded of the importance of community both in fellowship and accountability as we seek to take our place in the fulfilling of the Great Commission.