We will be starting our Discipleship Essentials groups this upcoming week (beginning March 5). Many of you have ordered books that are now in. Please get your books as soon as you can. You can schedule a time to pick your book up at the office if you would like. It is best to have the chapter for the week completed before you meet with your group.
The Discipleship Essentials workbook is very rich. It will take some time for you each week to thoughtfully and prayerfully go through the pages of the chapter. Your small group meeting each week is then a time to discuss and to encourage each other with what you have been learning .
It's important that you to take some time each week to go through it on your own. Ask the Holy Spirit to use the workbook to help open to you the riches contained in Scripture. You will also get more out of Discipleship Essentials if you take some time to memorize each week's memory verses. Paul says in Colossians 3:16 that we are to let God's Word dwell in us richly. Consistently memorizing verses of Scripture is an excellent way to do this. You can write the week's memory verses on a notecard and keep it by you at your office, or in your living room, or tape it to the dashboard of your car to go over at stop lights. There's all sorts of good ways to memorize Scripture.
I hope and pray over the next 6 months that you will commit yourself to the material in Discipleship Essentials, memorizing Scripture, being involved in a small group, and being sensitive to who else in your life God might lead you to share His love and truth. I truly believe that after 6 months of going through this together the foundation of our faith and our church is going to be much strengthened.
I am looking forward to entering into this time with you and seeing what God has in store for us!
Yours in Christ,