“You have heard me teach many things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Teach these great truths to trustworthy people who are able to pass them on to others” (2 Timothy 2:2 NLT).
A,B,C Format – It’s very important to follow the pattern called “ABC” (call it anything you want to call it). Divide the D-Group meeting into one-thirds and faithfully stick with the purpose of each one-third. The D-Groups help lay the foundation for very basic discipleship. The format is easy to learn and easy to follow, and it is also very transferable.
A – Ask (accountability leading to short verbal worship and praying for each other)
- Ask, “What is one thing you are thankful for?” Then, “Let’s take time to thank God with short prayers of thanksgiving”.
- Ask, “Do you have a need to share or a sin you want to confess?” Then, “Let’s pray short prayers for each other”.
- Ask, “What did you learn in last weeks Bible study and how it’s going applying it to your life”.
B - Bible study – Use the discovery Bible approach
- Read. Ask someone to read the passage of Scripture.
- Restate. Ask someone else to restate it in their own words. Ask the rest of the group to add anything that was left out – without lots of discussion.
- Reflect. Take 3-5 minutes to reflect in silence. No discussion first.
- Relate. Share one thing each person has from the passage. Each one share once before anyone shares twice.
C – Commit - to pray and obey
- Pray. “Who are three people you can share this truth with?”
“Let’s pray for them now in groups of two”.
- Obey. “Let’s practice how we will share with a friend or family member what we learned today”.
- Practice – It is crucial to spend a few minutes at the end of each session practicing how the truth that was learned will be shared with the three people you are praying for.