COVENANT DISCIPLESHIP GROUPS form the pillars the congregation needs to carry out its mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The groups are where the “foundation of the apostles and prophets’ is formed and maintained (Ephesians 2:20).
While the groups are open to everyone in the congregation, they are for members who are ready to be accountable for living the Christian life. This is typically 15 to 20 percent of the congregation. …
Leaders in discipleship have always been a minority. Look at the ministry of Jesus. The Gospel writers tell us that large crowds of people came to him for many reasons. He had compassion on them and loved all of them. And he asked nothing of them. But he required much from the few he called to follow him: “Let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23). Their cross is obedience to Jesus’ commands to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind,” to “love your neighbor as yourself; and to love one another as I love you” (Matthew 22:37-39; John 13:34-35). Those few he called gave themselves wholly to Jesus and his way of life. The mission of Covenant Discipleship is to form “the apostles and prophets” who are the foundation of the church’s mission. They are the disciples who lead and make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
– Steven W. Manskar
Disciples Making Disciples
From page 88 of Disciples Making Disciples: A Guide for Covenant Discipleship Groups & Class Leaders by Steven W. Manskar. Copyright © 2016 Discipleship Resources. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”
Mark 2:27-28, NRSV
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