Every Group

A united initiative to follow Jesus together and be on mission in our daily lives

THE VISION

People of all ages and cultures abiding with Jesus and responding to His glorious purpose for our lives

INTRODUCTION

Have you noticed a difference between healthy biblical Christianity and what is the status quo in your life? Have you sensed a God-given potential that feels stuck inside of you? Have you hungered for more of Jesus and the abundant life that He offers (John 10:10)?

We need more than just good intentions; we need new normals in our lives. We need to be led and empowered by the Holy Spirit. We need to come together in love, truth, and faith to be the people who Jesus calls us to be.

We do not want to wait any longer. Our souls are thirsty, our families need God’s presence, our churches need revival, our nation needs healing, and our world needs an awakening. It’s all about Jesus.

This 10-week journey is designed to change the trajectory of your life. Spending time with Jesus, in God’s Word, and with God’s people is transformative. Why would we ever go back to old wine skins when God is pouring new wine and has new life and new songs for us to sing together?

THE PURPOSE

These key elements for your group are based on what Jesus has always called His followers to be and do (Acts 2:42-47).

  1. Prayerfully seek God together.
  2. Build relational trust as a loving and authentic community.
  3. Grow spiritually by both studying and doing what the Bible says.
  4. Be on mission as you love your neighbors and share the gospel.

THE CHALLENGE

What if every group of Jesus followers created a new culture that is inspiring, authentic, vibrant, and faithful to Jesus?

What if every group does more than just studies and discusses the Bible, but actually lives it out together?

What if every group intentionally builds up people and multiplies?

What if every group deepens their understanding and experience of God’s presence, grace, and truth?

What if every group leads people to Jesus?

What if this is all part of Jesus’ clear plan for every group of disciples for the last two thousand years?

COMMON LANGUAGE

What if every group of Jesus followers created a new culture that is inspiring, authentic, vibrant, and faithful to Jesus?

Please become familiar with these significant words and concepts that bring clarity and direction as you also include them in your conversations.

Awakening: A movement empowered by the Holy Spirit that includes both revival for Christians and many people beginning to follow Jesus for the first time.

Spiritual Temperature: Zeal for the Lord and repentance are good as God does not want us to be lukewarm or put out the Spirit’s fire (1 Thessalonians 5:19; Revelation 3:14-16).

New Normals: A healthy posture that is the fruit of repentance, honors the Lord, and aligns with Scripture. New habits become part of a new lifestyle. /span>

From Sunday to Everyday: Faith is no longer compartmentalized to one place, day, or hour; a relationship with Jesus is 24/7.

Where We Live, Work, Learn, and Play: These represent different realms, locations, and relationships in our lives where we represent and live for the Lord.

On Mission Together: Instead of being passive spectators, we pray, love people, and share the gospel as we make disciples together.

Form and Fire: We need a combination of structure and passion; the Christian life is both taught and caught. God’s kingdom is built as God’s people surrender and are fully devoted to Jesus. Relationships are more important than programs.

Relevant and Radical: Followers of Jesus should not be silent, intimidated, or ashamed. Followers of Jesus should both rest and risk as the Lord leads.

Intentional More than Additional: The primary goal is not to add more activities but to glorify and display God in our current activities to a greater degree.

Being Precedes Doing: Our actions should be the fruit of a secure identity in the Lord and a close relationship with Jesus.

Collaboration: Jesus prayed we would be united so the world could see Him in a clear way (John 17:20-26) and calls disciples to follow Him together in community, not isolation.

REALITY CHECK

Every Group is an intentional growth experience with Jesus and might be the most difficult thing you have done in a long time. It will often reveal if you care more about your own comfort and reputation, or God’s glory. Let’s be risk takers and ask God for courage (Acts 4:29). You have a team to support you, and God is with you. People in their 80s and 90s often look back on their lives with regrets of playing it too safe and not spending their time on what truly matters. This endeavor couldn’t be more fulfilling or significant. Focus on abiding with Jesus, not what the results could be. Fear doesn’t come from God. Walk with Jesus, be humble, and watch God do an amazing work in and through you.

WHY PARTICIPATE

It’s all about Jesus. Jesus began His disciple-making movement over two thousand years ago, and tells His followers to continue it today (Matthew 28:18-20). It is both a privilege and a command to be on mission and to spread the gospel. With Jesus you can overcome fear, self-centeredness, distractions, sin patterns, and a crippling sense of inadequacy. Do you long and pray for God to do something amazing in this generation, in your relationships, and in your soul? Do you see how many people need healing and a Savior? We can’t keep doing what we have been doing because our country and region are experiencing a rapid spiritual decline. We need to start with specific next steps, unite, and cry out to God for an awakening in our hearts, homes, church, cities, and nation!

There is no greater satisfaction in life than knowing and following Jesus together. Thank you for taking some time to consider making yourself fully available to God. Jesus will build His kingdom and the Holy Spirit will give you everything you need. Reliance on God is essential. Heaven is real. Jesus is risen and returning. The gospel is for everyone. Jesus has been and is calling you. God created you to play a part in a purpose far bigger than yourself. Gather a new or existing group of friends and family and be intentional for the next ten weeks. As you draw close to Jesus and His purpose, these ten weeks can transform the rest of your life.

Next Steps

Following Jesus leads to new habits (serving, inviting, praying, and sharing) and new rhythms (read, reflect, and respond).

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