If you are looking to continue to press into the things of God through his word and through prayer so that the renewal we are currently experiencing can go well beyond 40 Days, then D-Groups could very well be the next step for you.
D-Groups are not simply a Bible study taught by a teacher, but rather they are small groups consisting of people of the same gender or of married couples who meet together at least once a week in collective, in-depth pursuit of Jesus. The conversation is guided by overflow of what the Holy Spirit has shown each member through their daily readings and meditations that week. Each D-Group will purpose to hold each other accountable as they grow together and engage God through his word and prayer, while also engaging others in ministry. D-Groups will meet over the period of two 13 week sessions, one in the spring and one in the fall, with the intent of multiplying the following year.
What are D-Groups?
D-Groups are small groups consisting of people of the same gender or of married couples who meet together at least once a week in pursuit of Jesus. Over the period of two 13 week sessions, one in the spring and one in the fall, each D-Group will purpose to grow together as they engage God through his word and prayer, while also engaging others in ministry.
D-Group is not a Bible study taught by a teacher. Each member will learn to listen and be instructed by the Holy Spirit. One of the most “spiritual” things we will do is place a “?” beside the areas where we have questions, trusting the Holy Spirit to supply the answer sometime in the future.
Each individual participating in a D-Group group will be intentional about devoting themselves to the reading, studying, and memorization of God’s word so that it may be meditated upon and applied into their lives. They will follow the MeadowBrook reading plan, applying the H.E.A.R. (Highlight, Explain, Apply, Respond) method as they study God’s word and follow a weekly memory plan.
Prayer will be what undergirds each group as they press into the Spirit’s power. The groups will open each session in prayer and spend time together in meaningful prayer. Together, the group will learn how to pray. Each D-Group member is encouraged to use a prayer journal, which may simply be your Journal Bible or a separate notebook/journal/app.
As your D-Group is exposed to the Bible, sin inevitably rises to the surface as members see the ways in which they aren’t like Christ Jesus. Together, the D-Group will apply the truths from the Bible to their lives, walking in submission to one another. Accountability will facilitate spiritual and life transformation. The group will grow confidently in trust with other members and open themselves to greater accountability. D-Group members offer accountability to one another by fostering intimacy, creating expectation and being assured of confidentiality.
Jesus appointed the twelve disciples so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach. We are participating in D-Group for the same purpose. As a member of D-Group you will be challenged and expected to multiply. Following the 26 weeks, members will begin to do with others what they have experienced.
Expectations of D-Groups
Accountability is a major component in D-Groups. Members, in an effort to grow in Christ-likeness, submit themselves to be accountable to other group members as they pursue Christ together. This is begun by signing a covenant with the other members as each D-Group begins.
Here are 5 Expectations for someone considering a D-Group:
- Be disciplined until you have an established daily routine in Bible reading, journaling and prayer.
- Meet weekly without exception (except in dire circumstances)
- Be ready to engage truthfully from your journaled notes (journaling is not “Dear Diary…”)
- Memorize scripture so that the Holy Spirit may use it throughout the week
- Multiply by starting a new D-Group at the conclusion of this one
D-Group is not for everyone. However, if God has sparked a desire in you to grow in Christ-likeness and to continue being renewed by him through his word and through prayer, then making the commitment to a D-Group may be where the Spirit is leading you.
If you are looking to link up with one of our D-Groups, text the word GROW to 256-414-9113.