Doing Life Together
The church has many goals and purposes, but its greatest aim is to make disciples. One of the very last commands Jesus gives us is make disciples:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
When Paul was instructing Timothy on how to be a pastor, he also shared the importance of reproducing himself in others, who would likewise, reproduce themselves in others:
“The things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses
entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.”
2 Timothy 2:2
In order to help us become a disciple making church, we have small groups that focus on learning how to apply biblical truths to our lives. Most of the time, churches do a great job of teaching biblical truths, but applying them is more difficult. God certainly wants us to know His Word, but He also wants us to apply it to our lives.
Because the Holy Spirit dwells within us, we all want to integrate truths into our lives, but sometimes we need a little help figuring out how to apply it to our unique circumstances. For example, each Sunday morning, we hear thirty minutes of teaching that includes application, but time prevents us from making application for every situation (e.g., youth, college, young parents, seniors, unemployed, employed, working two jobs, health failing, etc.).
However, when we break into smaller groups, we have time to figure this out and create a plan for how we will apply at least one truth during the upcoming week. If we all apply just one truth a week to our lives, then we will be on the path to making disciples and fulfilling the great commission. Becoming a Christ follower includes both learning what God’s Word says as well as how to apply it.