Session 1: Multiply

MULTIPLY

Preparation

 
In preparation for this week’s D-Group:
Memorise and Meditate on Acts 1:6-8

“Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” “

 
This term will be different. In this term, we will be prepared spiritually, and also mentally to be obedient to the Great Commission.
This term, we will be equipped on the necessary skills needed to give a Bible study, and to lead a D-group.
We will pray together for the Lord to lead and guide us as we embark on a challenging yet extremely fulfilling journey to make disciples.
 

Accountability (10 Minutes)

 
Each disciple to share one insight or lesson learned from his/her devotion in the last week. Also, share insights from the reading of Christian Service Chapter 1.
 
How do you feel as we enter into the last term of the D-Group and prepare to multiply?
 

Bible Discussion (20 minutes)

 
1. Study John 15:15-17
“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.”
 
Why are we no longer called servants but friends of Jesus? Digest and discuss.
What kind of fruit are we called to “go and bear”?
 
 
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.
 
When called by Jesus, describe in modern terms what did the disciples do?
 
Further, discuss what is your “net”?
 
 

Life Transformation (20 minutes)

1. If applicable, in the past when you helped to make disciples, what have you “sacrificed”? How did you feel after?
As we begin a new or renewed journey to make disciples, what real changes do you think you have to make?

2. Do you feel ready to multiply? Why or why not?
 
3. Discuss and split your D-group into appropriate pairs or singles for multiplication (giving bible study and/or leading a new D-group). Good to discuss with and inform your local church pastor and/or discipleship coordinator regarding this.
 

Intercessory Prayer (10 minutes)

  1. Pray for God to guide each one to the person(s) you should reach out to for giving Bible study and/or forming a new D-group.
  2. Pray for God to give each one a willing heart sensitive to God’s voice.
 

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Session 2: Giving Bible Studies (Part 1)

GIVING BIBLE STUDIES (PART 1)

 

Preparation

In preparation for this week’s D-Group:
Memorize and Meditate on: Romans 10:14-15
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’

Pray every single day for God to show you who to give Bible Study or invite to join a D-Group. Plan for a few days where you pray with your partner.

Note: Fundamental beliefs, bible study resources.
Read/Watch:
https://www.adventist.org/beliefs/fundamental-beliefs/

https://makana.adventistconnect.org/document_groups/5207
Read SDA 28 Fundamental Beliefs 1-5, Section 1 “God”
Write down 2-3 brief points you believe is crucial to each Fundamental Belief 1-5, especially to a new believer.
  1. Holy Scriptures
  2. Trinity
  3. Father
  4. Son
  5. Holy Spirit
 
 

Accountability (10 minutes)

Each disciple to share one insight or lesson learned from his/her devotion in the last week.
As you prayed for God to show you an appropriate person, have you observed anything?
 
Is there anything that you feel God is telling you to do?
 
 

Bible Discussion (20 minutes)

1. Study 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 — What does it mean for us to be Christ’s ambassadors? What are we called to do in practical terms?
2. Share the 2-3 main points each for SDA 28 Fundamental Beliefs 1-5
 
 

Life Transformation (20 minutes)

1. Have you received a Bible study before? Share your experience and what do you think was done well and what could be improved. Also, share if you have given a Bible study before.
 
2. Share thoughts and insights learnt from the sermon “How to give a Bible Study”.
 
 

Intercessory Prayer (10 minutes)

  1. Continue to pray for God to guide each one to the person(s) you should reach out to for giving Bible study and/or forming a new D-group.
  2. Give thanks to God for specific things you have gained from joining the D-group.
 

**Additional Resources

It Is Written, Bible Study Materials – Obtainable from your local church pastor

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Session 3: Giving Bible Studies (Part 2)

GIVING BIBLE STUDIES (PART 2)

 

Preparation

In preparation for this week’s D-Group:
Memorize and Meditate on Matthew 9:35-38
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Continue to pray every single day for God to show you who to give Bible Study or invite to join a D-Group. Plan for a few days where you pray with your partner.

READ/WATCH:
Read SDA 28 Fundamental Beliefs 6-11, Section 2 and 3 “Humanity” and “Salvation”
 
Write down 2-3 brief points you believe is crucial to each Fundamental Belief 6-11, especially to a new believer.
6. Creation
7. Nature of humanity
8. The Great Controversy
9. The Life, Death and Resurrection of Christ
10. The Experience of Salvation
11. Growing in Christ
 
 
 

Accountability (10 minutes)

Each disciple to share one insight or lesson learned from his/her devotion in the last week. 
Share your experience in praying last week.
 
 
Bible Discussion (20 minutes)
1. What insights have you gained from reading Matthew 9:35-38?
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
2. Share the 2-3 main points each for SDA 28 Fundamental Beliefs 6-11
 
 

Life Transformation (20 minutes)

1. What is a testimony you’ve heard that impressed you the most? God can use you to be a part of life-transforming stories. Do you feel there are any obstacles currently that may prevent you from being a worker of the harvest?

2. Share thoughts and insights learnt from the video “How to Give A Personal Bible Study”.

3. Share the progress on finding a Bible Study student or new D-group members.

 

Intercessory Prayer (10 minutes)

  1. Continue to pray for God to guide each one to the person(s) you should reach out to for giving Bible study and/or forming a new D-group.
  2. Give thanks if you have found a Bible Study student or D-group members.
  3. Give thanks to God specifically for the people who helped you know God and allowing you to also become a worker of the harvest.
 

**Additional Resources

It Is Written, Bible Study Materials

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Session 4: Leading a D-Group

LEADING A D-GROUP
 
Preparation
In preparation for this week’s D-Group:
Memorize and Meditate on 2 Timothy 2:1-2
You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.

Continue to pray every single day for God to show you who to give Bible Study or invite to join a D-Group. Plan for a few days where you pray with your partner.

Write down 2-3 brief points you believe is crucial to each Fundamental Belief 12-18, especially to a new believer.
12. The Church
13. The Remnant and its Mission
14. Unity in the Body of Christ
15. Baptism
16. The Lord’s supper
17. Spiritual Gifts and Ministries
18. The Gift of Prophecy
Learn how to lead a D-Group (Video currently unavailable, do ask your discipleship coordinator or pastor if someone can give a sharing session on it to your group, or the D-group leader can do it if comfortable. Video will be made available by August 2020)
 
 

Accountability (10 minutes)

Each disciple to share one insight or lesson learned from his/her devotion in the last week.
Have you found a Bible Study student or new D-Group members? If yes, how did you find the process? If no, any observations you believe God may be telling you?
 
 

Bible Discussion (20 minutes)

1. Share the 2-3 main points each for SDA 28 Fundamental Beliefs 12-18
 
2. Discuss the concept in 2 Timothy 2:1-2 about the four generations of believers shown here.
You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.
 
 

Life Transformation (20 minutes)

1. Review your own participation in a discipleship group. What have you learnt? What are the important things as a leader or participant? As a group, what are things you feel you have done well or can improve on?
 
2. Share thoughts and insights learnt from the training on “How to lead a D-Group”.
 
 

Intercessory Prayer (10 minutes)

  1. Continue to pray for God to guide each one to the person(s) you should reach out to for giving Bible study and/or forming a new D-group.
  2. Give thanks if you have found a Bible Study student or D-group members.
  3. Give thanks to God for guiding you to join this D-Group. Pray for each of the members.

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Session 5: Go!

GO!

 

Preparation

 
In preparation for this week’s D-Group:
Memorize and Meditate on Hebrews 10:24-25:
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Continue to pray every single day for God to show you who to give Bible Study or invite to join a D-Group. Plan for a few days where you pray with your partner.

READ/WATCH:

Read SDA 28 Fundamental Beliefs 19-23, Section 5 “Living”

Write down 2-3 brief points you believe is crucial to each Fundamental Belief 19-23, especially to a new believer.
19. The Law of God
20. The Sabbath
21. Stewardship
22. Christian Behavior
23. Marriage and the Family
 
 
 

Accountability (10 minutes)

Each disciple to share one insight or lesson learned from his/her devotion in the last week.
Share insights from reading Christian Service, Ellen White, Chapter 26.
 

Bible Discussion (20 minutes)

1. Share the 2-3 main points each for SDA 28 Fundamental Beliefs 19-23
 
2. Study Isaiah 6:1-8. What key takeaways do you get from these verses? How do you apply them to your life?
 
3. Read John 14:12-14. Why do you think Jesus said we are going to do greater things than He?
 
 

Life Transformation (20 minutes)

1. How do you intend to keep accountability in this process of making disciples? Share in real and practical ways.
 
2. Take time to appreciate and thank each member sincerely and specifically. Share your thoughts as a new journey is beginning to make even more disciples.
 
 

Intercessory Prayer (10 minutes)

Pray for one another in specific ways as this D-group is multiplied to make more disciples.
Share and pray for specific concerns as the next step is taken.

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Session 6: The First Attempt

THE FIRST ATTEMPT

Preparation

READ/WATCH:
 
Write down 2-3 brief points you believe is crucial to each Fundamental Belief 24-28, especially to a new believer.
24. Christ’s ministry in the Heavenly Sanctuary
25. The Second Coming of Christ
26. Death and Resurrection
27. The Millennium and the End of Sin
28. The New Earth
 
*This lesson is to be held ONLY after all members have finished their 1st bible study or new D-group session.
 
 

Bible Discussion

Share the 2-3 main points each for SDA 28 Fundamental Beliefs 24-28
 
 

Catching Up

Share how your first bible study or D-group session went. What are you thankful for? What do you think was done well or what can be improved?
 

Intercessory Prayer

1. Pray for wisdom as the Bible Study and D-groups continue to go on.
2. Pray for specific challenges faced.
3. Give thanks for things that went well.

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Session 7: Four Sessions Later

FOUR SESSIONS LATER

*This lesson is to be held ONLY after all members have finished 4 sessions of bible study or their new D-group.

In this session, feel free to meet over a meal or a more casual environment.
 

Catching Up

Share how your bible study or D-group is going.
Share about your personal spiritual walk.
 

Intercessory Prayer

1. Pray for wisdom as the Bible Study and D-groups continue to go on.
2. Pray for specific challenges faced.
3. Give thanks for things that went well.

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Session 8: Mission Success

Mission Success

*This lesson is to be held after all members have finished 8 sessions of bible study or their new D-group.

In this session, feel free to meet over a meal or a more casual environment.

 

Catching Up

Share what do you think is true “success” partaking in God’s work.
Share how your bible study or D-group is going.
 
Share about your personal spiritual walk.
 

Intercessory Prayer

1. Pray for wisdom as the Bible Study and D-groups continue to go on.
2. Pray for specific challenges faced.
 
3. Give thanks for things that went well.

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Session 1 – Biblical Discipleship

BIBLICAL DISCIPLESHIP

 

Preparation

In preparation for this week’s D-Group:
Memorize and Meditate on John 8:31-32
 
Watch these Videos:
 

What is Discipleship?

Read – Reasons for Discipleship

Discipleship is the process of becoming like Jesus by spending time with Jesus. The personal relationship between a disciple and Jesus is the heart of discipleship.

 

Accountability (10 Minutes)

Each disciple to share one insight or lesson learned from his/her devotion in the last week.
What is one thing you feel God is inviting you to do right now?

 

Bible Discussion (20 Minutes)

 
In the Great Commission by Jesus, why is making disciples an imperative verb and is non-negotiable? Discuss how Christians are to be disciples and learners of Jesus.
 
2. Why Discipleship? What is the cost of following Jesus based on Matthew 16:24-26
 
3. From the verses below, what are the characteristics and measurements of the spiritual growth of a disciple of Jesus?

 

Life Transformation (20 Minutes)

1. How does a spiritual-matured disciple of Jesus look like? Share your thoughts.
 
2. Share with us about your journey with Jesus recently. In a few simple words, how would you describe your current relationship with Jesus? 
 
3. Spiritual growth has to be intentional. The goal of discipleship is to be like Jesus. How can the D-group help you to develop essential spiritual habits and practices that are in line with the teachings of Jesus?
 

Intercessory Prayer (10 Minutes)

  1. Surrendering all areas of life to Jesus
  2. Commitment to attend this d-group and make it a priority
  3. Personal needs, growth, and challenges
 
LEADERS’ TIP
  • Share the purpose and goal of what the D-group hopes to achieve.
  • Second, share his spiritual victories and struggles for others to open up. Be authentic.
  • Third, keep all the discussions within the timeframe.
  • You can use the story to illustrate, partial surrender to Jesus is not sufficient. Share your testimony and your discipleship journey. All the readings and discussions must move in the direction of life transformation.
  • Further, the leader should at this early stage, encourage faithful attendance of church worship and Sabbath School.
  • In intercessory prayer, the group should gather and pray in between meet-ups using any means and ways (e.g., WhatsApp group call or equivalent). It can just be a 10 minutes meeting of prayer in cyberspace. The group can watch this 2min video (This is Discipleship) as a summary for the meeting.
  • Finally, if members in the group are new to each other, arrange a social setting where all can have a meal together.
**Additional Resources
  1. Hungry for Transformation
  2. Ellen White’s Insights on Discipleship
  3. Are We Mistaken About the Great Commission?

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Session 2 – Daily Time in God’s Word

DAILY TIME IN GOD’S WORD

Preparation

In preparation for this week’s D-Group:
Memorize and Meditate:
 
Read/Watch: 
 
Christian’s devotional life is not optional. A relationship with God is the entire basis of an active Christian life. The primary purpose of prayer is not to get answers; the primary purpose of bible study is not to get information but to know Jesus.  
 
Devotional life, properly defined, is not an activity—it is an attitude. It is a purposeful mind-set. It is giving life to God, devoting life to God. A devotional life is the life-source for all of the needed spiritual qualities.
 
Communion with God will ennoble the character and life. Men will take knowledge of us, as of the first disciples, that we have been with Jesus. This will impart to the worker a power that nothing else can give. Of this power, he must not allow himself to be deprived. We must live a twofold life–a life of thought and action, of silent prayer and earnest work.–the Ministry of Healing, p. 512 
 
 

Accountability (10 Minutes)

Each disciple to share one insight or lesson learned from his/her devotion in the last week.
When you think about reading the bible, what is the first feeling that comes to your mind?
 
 

Bible Discussion (20 Minutes)

1. Study John 15:1-8. What is God saying in this passage? What does it mean to “abide in Christ” to know Jesus? 
 
2. Read 2 Timothy 3:16  Since the spiritual life comes from the living Word, what will be the result when the study of the Word of God is neglected? 
 
3. Study Psalm 46:10; Philippians 4:8.  What does it mean to be “still” in the presence of God? How can we regularly focus our minds on things that are “noble” and “praiseworthy”? How can I meditate on the Word of God?
 
 

Life Transformation (20 Minutes)

1. How much time have you meditated upon Jesus and His Words? What are the obstructions in your life that need to be removed so that you can have a healthy personal devotion?
 
2. Is personal devotional life an integral part of your daily routine? If not, what are your struggles? How can this d-group help one another to normalize your personal devotion time with God to be the top priority?
 
3. If you have a family, do you practice regular family worship? If yes, what are some of the joys and blessings? If no, what are some of the battles you face?
 
 

Intercessory Prayer (10 Minutes)

  1. Remove all obstacles in my personal devotional life
  2. To meditate on and apply the Word of God in daily life
  3. To enjoy the presence of God 
 
 
LEADERS’ TIPS
  1. Use this illustration where all Olympics participants go through a regimental training in order to win the prize. How much more if we are to pursue God’s eternal reward.
  2. Share the “hows” of their devotional life and encourage their group members to embrace this discipline. Adventists recognize the importance of making a commitment to have daily personal communion with God. We set apart the first moments of each day to commune with the Lord through prayer, the study of the Bible, Spirit of Prophesy and the Sabbath School lesson.  Don’t miss the big picture that the end goal of one’s devotional life is to develop a living-vibrant relationship with Jesus. To set aside a daily time with God requires discipline, sacrifice, prioritize this time over other engagements, and encouragement from the D-group.  
  3. Periodically share his devotional insight with group members via the whatsapp chatgroup (from time to time) to help members recognize the power of God’s word.
  4. Suggest practical tools and means to help members develop a healthy quiet time with God including what to do for family worship.
 
**Additional Resources
  1. Begin A Daily Quiet Time in 5 Easy Steps
  2. Keep it Simple
  3. How to Have a Quiet Time
  4. Life’s Top Priority on Matthew 6:33 (Ellen White)

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