By the grace of God, we have been able to disciple more than twenty people during the last few years of The Vineyard. Early on, our groups were seemingly autonomous. What each group studied, read, and memorized varied depending on the leader’s emphasis for their group. While we experienced great success, the Council of Elders thought it best to implement more structure and direction to these groups, in hopes of creating a homogenous well-oiled discipleship machine. Being that my main responsibility at The Vineyard is to oversee and either write or piece together discipleship materials, I have been working on a booklet that will hopefully help the leaders better facilitate their group. The booklet lays out discipleship distinctives, the focus of the group, verses for Scripture memory, weekly challenges, and a reading guide with discussion questions for Donald Whitney’s Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. With that being said, allow me to introduce you to Anchor Groups 1.0.
WHAT ARE ANCHOR GROUPS?
In the tumultuous sea of faith, many Christians find themselves tossed to and fro by every wind and wave of doctrine. This, coupled with the fact that believers are called to be watchful, to stand firm in the faith, to have courage and be strong, yet are rarely instructed in how to do any of that, is an ecclesial travesty. The Vineyard exists to see lives transformed by the power of the Gospel; this mission is typically fleshed out in discipleship groups. These discipleship groups are the means by which we hope to not only instruct, but exemplify the value of being rooted and built up in Jesus Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith. Assuredly, Christ is the anchor, we need only allow Him to teach us through the medium of the church how we are to anchor ourselves to Him. If Christ is our anchor, no force, wind, or wave will be able to prevail against this work He has started in us. For this reason, we will anchor our hope in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
FOCUS OF ANCHOR GROUPS 1.0: SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES
Because our faith is built on the foundation of a personal relationship with God, it is imperative to start with the fundamental principle of how to cultivate intimacy with our Savior. Spiritual disciplines are habits of devotion given to us by God for our good. These habits include things such as: reading, meditating, and memorizing Scripture; praying and fasting; serving; learning; evangelism. While seemingly basic, the aforementioned disciplines are the means through which God most often reveals Himself.
For this reason, Anchor Groups 1.0 will focus solely on the what’s, how’s, and why’s of spiritual disciplines. We have compiled this little booklet to assist you (leader) in facilitating the group. However, our true hope is that you will not only teach but exemplify the habits and benefits of consistently practicing these spiritual disciplines.
Anchor group sign-up's started last week but we will continue enrolling for two more weeks. If you are interested in joining an Anchor Group, please contact me or Justin.