Tim Lafleur: Three Discipleship Principles

For the past few weeks I’ve shared what I typically do during the first and second D-Group meetings. On today’s post, I want to share three principles that must be incorporated in your D-Group if you want it to be rich and growing.

Three Principles for Effective Discipleship

Principle #1

The first principle is, “No contact, no impact.” This principle has to do with community; spending time with the members of your D-Group. If you want to really impact the men or women in your D-Group, you must spend time with them.

The danger is that if you fail to foster relationships with the members of your group, you will not earn the right to speak into their lives. That can only happen when you spend quality time with those in your D-Group getting to know one another as friends. The author of Hebrews says this:

And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works, not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25, CSB)

Being in a D-Group provides great opportunity to practically live out these verses.

Principle #2

The second principle is, “You can’t expect what you don’t emulate.” This principle is huge in that your D-Group should see you model the gospel that you profess to believe. You are not only sharing gospel truths with your D-Group, you are showing these truths with your lifestyle. I love the way the Apostle Paul says this in Colossians 1:

…so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:10, CSB)

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