Growing as a Follower of Jesus
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Posted on: 13th December 2022
One of the questions everyone seems to be asking these days is "How do we ACTUALLY make disciples ? "
Churches in East Leeds are asking the question too and so have invited Yorkshire Baptist Association Discipleship Enabler & member of the Biglife Team, Peter Dunn to share his story with them at their annual day together in January.
What is Biglife?
Is a Disciple Making Movement (DMM) with its roots in Asia, but seeking to serve the church around the world in the area of discipleship. The principles and related tools draw from the life and practices of Jesus and the early church, as we find them in the New Testament.
Whats happening in Yorkshire?
They have been encouraged to see a number of discipleship groups spring up across Yorkshire and the UK , as people have caught the vision and put simple principles into practice. The principles have been applied in churches ranging in size and location, and they are encouraged to see the beginnings of fruitfulness.
"We are seeing new believers and mature followers of Jesus alike growing in faith and confidence. They are being inspired and encouraged to take simple steps forward each week" (Jonathan Gray, Crossgates Community)
Tracy Shields from South Ossett Baptist Church says : “As a church we have been looking at how to make disciples rather than have outreach events. The Biglife format allows us to be intentional in our conversations whilst holding Bible studies in a way that everyone is equal and is given the space to hear and be directed by God.”
Mick Dewhirst from Skipton Baptist Church has a Biglife group up and running and says: “I sit and listen to new disciples sharing deep theological insights each week with a freshness and without pretension. I stand amazed at the beauty of the Holy Spirit in action.”
How does it work?
One of the simple tools that Biglife use around the world is the ‘Three Thirds’ format for their gatherings. Please feel free to download the simple explanation of a Three Thirds group format and suggested Bible passages. You can use this format in an existing group, start a new group, or follow the pattern as a family together. Have a go!
Where can I learn more?