The second goal of circles is discipleship. Everyone in the church has a role to play in discipling one another. It’s a high calling and it certainly makes church life interesting. So, this leaves two big questions: 1. Are you being discipled? 2. Are you discipling others?
Big Idea: Growth happens in community
Ephesians 4:1–3 1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Ephesians 4:11–12 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
What’s the goal?
- Unity in Faith
- Maturity in Practice
- Fullness in Christ
Ephesians 4:14–15 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
How do we disciple one another?
- Speak the truth in love
Ephesians 4:16 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.