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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Session 3 – Talking to God: Prayer & Fasting

TALKING TO GOD: PRAYER AND FASTING

Preparation

In preparation for this week’s D-Group:
Memorize and Meditate on Matthew 6:9-13 
 
Read/Watch:
 

What is Prayer and Fasting?

Prayer is the simple act of having a conversation with God. It’s about talking with the creator of the universe: whether aloud or in our thoughts, during special or ordinary moments, when we’re on the move or before we go to bed. It’s the privilege we get as His children—a direct connection to God. No voicemail messages, no call waiting.  If we don’t take time for the Bible and prayer, we will die spiritually.  Biblical fasting is essentially giving up food (or something else) for a period of time to focus your thoughts on God. While fasting, many people read the bible, pray, or worship. Fasting is found throughout the old and new testaments of the bible over fifty times. 
 
Jacob prevailed because he was persevering and determined. His experience testifies to the power of importunate prayer. It is now that we are to learn this lesson of prevailing prayer, of unyielding faith. The greatest victories to the church of Christ or to the individual Christian, are not those that are gained by talent or education, by wealth, or the favor of men. They are those victories that are gained in the audience chamber with God, when earnest, agonizing faith lays hold upon the mighty arm of power. Prayer, 87.
 
 

Accountability (10 Minutes)

Each disciple to share one insight or lesson learned from his/her devotion in the last week.
If you could give your younger self a piece of spiritual advice, what would it be?
 
 

Bible Discussion (20 Minutes)

1. Study model prayer of Jesus commonly known as the Lord’s prayer.  Share some of the insights based on Matthew 6:9-15.
 
2.From Steps to Christ Chapter 11-The Privilege of Prayer, describe what statement impresses on you? What are the principles applicable to your prayer life?
 
3. Based on John 14:13-14, how do we learn to ask anything in God’s name for He promises us He will surely fulfill it?
 
 
 

Life Transformation (20 Minutes)

1. Share openly and specifically how your prayer life has been in the recent past. 
 
2. What are the hindrances in your life that needs to be eliminated for you to have a growing prayer life?
 
3. Do you know how to pray? Share the different methods of praying and connecting with God.
 
 

Intercessory Prayer (10 Minutes)

  1. Apply the principles of prayer
  2. Commit to praying for a specific ministry and persons in your life
  3. Develop a habit of intercessory prayer for one another
 
 
LEADERS’ TIP
  1. Use Grass on your path to remind ourselves of the regularity and necessity of a devoted prayer life.  The more one prays, the stronger he is.  For those who are married, the family that prays together stays together. Prayer is intimately and inseparable from daily time with God.
  2. Ask members for specific prayer requests and concerns and immediately during the meeting, suggest interceding for one another in prayer.  
  3. Share the importance of intercessory prayer so that they too can intercede for their friends, members, and family.
  4. Teach the mechanics of prayers like using the five fingers, ACTS, reciting of Psalms, etc.  Encourage members to form regular patterns of prayer and to find a place of solitude with God. Cultivate the habit of praying at least 10-15 minutes each day as one begins the journey of fervent prayer. It’s a golden opportunity to simply offer to pray for someone who is in need and that opens the window to share the gospel.
  5. Share with members how personal and corporate prayer has been meaningful to you. The leader can pick up the phone and call his members after their work at an appropriate time on a weekday and offer a short prayer for them over the phone. 
 
**Additional Resources
  1. Practical Pointers for Biblical Fasting
  2. Adventist Prayer Resources
  3. Five-Finger Prayers
  4. ACTS of Prayer
  5. The Lords Prayer Explained

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Session 4 – True Worship

TRUE WORSHIP

 

Preparation

In preparation for this week’s D-Group:
Memorize and Meditate on:

John 4:1-26

Romans 12:1-2

Mark 12:30

 

Read/Watch:

The Sabbath

Worship: Why the Frequent Controversy over it?

The Heart of Worship

 

What is Worship?

True worship begins with deep respect or reverence for God, a frame of heart, an attitude.
The Hebrew word for worship, Shachah, means to depress, to bow down, or to fall down flat. It is a picture of humility before the almighty God. The essence of the heart of worship is a life fully surrendered to God.  Worship is not just part of your life. Biblically speaking, it is your life.  The disciple surrendered his whole being to God to be used for righteous purposes. Every activity can be transformed into an act of worship when you do it for the praise, glory, and pleasure of God. The secret to a lifestyle of worship is doing everything as if one was doing it for Jesus.  Then work becomes worship when you dedicate it to God and perform it with an awareness of his presence.  
 
True worship is a matter of the heart expressed through a lifestyle of holiness.
 
God is not the starting point of your life. He is the source of it. To truly worship God in your life, you must turn to God’s word and His eternal truths, not pop-psychology, success-motivation or inspiration stories.  If we fail to genuinely worship God, we always find a substitute, even if it ends up being ourselves. 
 
 

Accountability (10 Minutes)

Each disciple to share one insight or lesson learned from his/her devotion in the last week.
What is one risk you think God might be calling you to take in this season?
 
 

Bible Discussion (20 Minutes)

1. Study John 4:23-24.  What does it mean to worship God in spirit and in truth? What are the key lesson points in this passage. 
 
2. Romans 12:1-2 exhorts us to be a “living sacrifice” so that we might offer “true” and “proper” worship.  What is the passage implying that we should offer our bodies as “living sacrifices?”
 
3. Jesus mentioned in Mark 12:30 that we must love God with everything.  What are the spiritual implications for your personal worship?
 
 

Life Transformation (20 Minutes)

1. Share with the group what your recent personal worship is like (and if married, Family worship too). What are your struggles and temptations?
 
2. After understanding the core of worship based on the above discussions and studies, how does your attitude and behavior on a weekly Sabbath worship in your local church reflect your surrender to Jesus? 
 
3. Discuss some of the good practices on Sabbath observance and its purposes.  Share how do you view Sabbath in relation to worship?
 
 

Intercessory Prayer (10 Minutes)

  1. To surrender ourselves totally to Him
  2. To come to church on time for worship and 
  3. To participate in bible-learning Sabbath School regularly
 

LEADERS’ TIP

  • Share with the group both the importance of individual and corporate worship. The consistency of the daily and personal worship life will climax on Sabbath corporate worship when all the worshippers learn to worship God.
  • Share some of the good practices of Sabbath worship like punctuality, participation in the worship service and minimize distractions that can draw the worshiper away from God.
  • Share with group members, especially for those who have families, that family worship is the non-negotiable gathering for all young and old to focus on God.  And it is this practice that helps the little ones to appreciate and learn worship in the larger church experience.  Parents should bring their children to Children Sabbath School classes. Since the d-group establishes mutual accountability, permission is given to “check” on each other if one is absent from church worship on a typical Sabbath.  The motivation is not to police but to encourage, pray and support team members to learn to worship God consistently both in the private and public arena.  
  • In addition, encourage members to read up on the Sabbath School lesson study and participate actively to grow in the knowledge and Word of God.
 
**Additional Resources
 
  1. Sabbath Observance and Preparation
  2. Ellen White Understanding of Worship
  3. Family Worship

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Session 5 – Fellowship: Living in Community

FELLOWSHIP: LIVING IN COMMUNITY

 

Preparation

In preparation for this week’s D-Group:
Memorize and Meditate on Hebrews 10:24-25
 

Read/Watch:

 

What is a Christian Community and fellowship?

The word “community” is a compound word: “com” means with and “unity” means unity or being unified or having a common union. In short, God wants believers to have the same mind that is in Jesus Christ.  
A Christian community is not just gathering for a meal together or celebrating an occasion. It is the sharing of a common life in Christ. It moves us beyond the self-interested isolation of private lives and the superficial contacts of mere “Christian fellowship.”
 
The biblical idea of a life-transforming community challenges us instead to commit ourselves to live together as people of God.  Christian maturity often takes place not just in the individual realm with God but in a spirit-led Christian community where we hold each other accountable to be Christ-like.  
The end goal should impact our spiritual, emotional, intellectual, social, and financial health where Jesus is the changing catalyst of all.
 
 

Accountability (10 Minutes)

Each disciple to share one insight or lesson learned from his/her devotion in the last week.
If you could hang out with Jesus in any place in the world, where would you pick? Why?
 
 

Bible Discussion (20 Minutes)

1. Study Hebrews 10:24-25.  What are the vital lessons God is trying to impress upon us about community? Why are some so quick to give up “coming together?”
 
2. The Greek word “one another” is used at least a hundred times in ninety-four New Testament verses. Jesus mentioned at least 47 times in His teachings, and Paul wrote overwhelmingly on these “one another” commands.
Read The One Another Command. Share a few of these “one another” commands that the Holy Spirit impresses upon you to work on.  
 
3. The early church met regularly in small groups and homes for teaching, worship, prayer, and fellowship meals (Acts 2:44-46; Acts 12:12-17+). Why do you think this is so critical to their growth (this does not mean they forgo corporate worship and gatherings)?
 
 

Life Transformation (20 Minutes)

1. Do you allow others to hold you accountable for your spiritual growth and maturity in this D-group setting? Briefly describe how you feel about this biblical road to spiritual development.
 
2. Belonging and relationships among members established the platform for this mutual accountability in our Christian maturity. How can we help each other to be more Christ-like?
 
3. Why is it spiritually fatal for a Christian to attempt to live a life independent from the life of the church?
 
 

Intercessory Prayer (10 Minutes)

  1. To choose to live my Christian life in a life-changing community
  2. To consistently help “one another” in our spiritual endeavors
  3. To allow others to “correct” me when I have gone astray.
 
LEADERS’ TIP
  1. Share that any authentic Christian fellowship ought to be a bible-based church community anchored in Jesus where lives are changed.  In the church, members are to help and hold one another accountable for spiritual growth and development. Ask the group for “group permission”: if any member is slacking in his spiritual progress, any group member has the right to gently “check” and encourage the person back to the path of faith. Emphasize briefly that God exists in a community. The Trinity is a community.  Jesus had thousands following him, but he discipled only twelve, which is His small community. These disciples became the anchor of the Christian church.  
  2. Leaders should check whether members feel fearful and uneasy to even confess sins to one another (James 5:16). Hear them out and bring them back to the bible based on our learning. It’s important to differentiate what are opinions and perceptions versus what God is saying in His living Word as holy instructions for Christian living.  
  3. Watch this video as an inspiration in conclusion – Derek Redmond participated in the 1993 Olympic Games in Barcelona. He tore his hamstring in the 400-meter semi-final but continued the race limping and, with assistance from his father, managed to complete a full lap of the track as the crowd gave him a standing ovation. Similarly, the Christian community organized in smaller groups is to help one another, and together with God, we will finish the heavenly race. 
 
**Additional Resources
  1. Life Transforming Groups
     
  2. Your Small Group Should Be Making Disciples

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Session 6: Overcoming Temptations

OVERCOMING TEMPTATIONS

 

Preparation

In preparation for this week’s D-Group:
Memorize and Meditate on
 

Read/Watch:

 

What is Temptation?

The English dictionary defines temptation as the desire to do something, especially something wrong or unwise.  The real issue in temptation is whether we live apart from Jesus.  Temptations become sins when we consent to them in our minds. The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation, but not the ungodly.
 
When we survey the scriptures, temptations are not overcome at the time of temptation, but always before. If we look at Jesus, He provides the model to overcome temptation.  Jesus was tempted to do right in His own power apart from the power above.  So are we. And Jesus overcame temptations the same way we should overcome: by power from above (God) rather than from within.  He stayed close to God and found sins repulsive.
 
So long as we depend on God, we will also find sins repulsive and thus this creates the spiritual firewall to prevent us from easily succumbing to possible temptations. The more we love Jesus, the less the attractions of the devil will hold sway over us.
 
 

Accountability (10 Minutes)

Each disciple to share one insight or lesson learned from his/her devotion in the last week.
What is one song that has really impacted your faith journey?
 
 

Bible Discussion (20 Minutes)

1. Base on the study of Matthew 4:1-11, how did Jesus handle His temptations from Satan? What are the lessons we can learn?
 
2. What promise is found in 1 Corinthians 10:13? Share with the group how you are going to claim this promise when you are tempted.
 
3. Base on Matthew 5:21-28, what does the bible talk about succumbing to temptations in our minds? Are there areas in your life where you had given in to temptations and now have become spiritual strongholds?
 
 

Life Transformation (20 Minutes)

1. Ministry of Healing, page 510, tells us that “when we permit our communion with God to be broken, our defense is departed from us. Not all your good purposes and good intention will enable you to withstand evil. You must be men and women of prayer.”
 What does this tell us about seeking the Lord in the study of His Word and prayer daily? How do we ask God to create a clean heart within us (Psalm 51:10)?
 
2. What are some of your temptations? Share with us your struggles and how you overcame them? How can the d-group support you to live victoriously for Jesus?
 
3. Digital addiction is affecting the young to old.  You can easily find sins on the internet. Share some of the “firewall tactics” you may have adopted to prevent yourself from yielding to these temptations easily.
 
 

Intercessory Prayer (10 Minutes)

  1. To claim promises in the scripture to overcome temptations
  2. To keep our minds and heart pure in God
  3. To deliver us from evil before it happens
 
 

Leaders’ Tip

  • Emphasize the primary biblical perspective of overcoming temptation is to stay close to Jesus.  Thus, the regular personal devotion with God, consistent prayerful life and the active participation on Sabbath worship are simple mechanics to help us to stay close to the almighty.
  • Share a personal experience in overcoming temptation. There are some minor temptations when succumbed may be inconsequential, but others will cause permanent damage to marriages, children, family, and even the church family and beyond. And the devil is all out to attack every Christian and family. But God is great and his promises will prevail.  Therefore, one of the reasons to memorize and meditate scriptures is to saturate the minds with the Word of God so that we find sins repulsive.
  • Highlight any temptations the group may be facing and share practical steps on how to avoid or overcome them.  Many Christians struggle with temptations like anger, laziness, sex, lying, gossip, etc.  Some Christians may have already succumbed to certain temptations for a long time and these sins have become spiritual strongholds.  
  • Seek further advice from your pastor or some experienced church elders for wisdom and direction if a certain member needs help beyond the group (with permission).  In some cases, members who are addicted to certain sins may need further professional assistance to overcome besides all the spiritual and emotional support given.  
  • Remember to maintain confidentiality in dealing with all these matters.
 

**Additional Resources

  1. 12 Tips for Resisting Temptations
  2. The Temptation of Christ in the Wilderness

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Session 7: Christian Stewardship

CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP

 

Preparation

In preparation for this week’s D-Group:
Memorise and Meditate on Matthew 25:14-46 
 

Read/Watch:

Adventist Stewardship

Why Ten Percent?

Best Gift Received

Signs of Spiritual Revival

 

What is Christian Stewardship?

The Bible tells us that only a person who has a relationship with God can truly partner with Him and worship Him with their whole life. Stewardship is an acknowledgement of God’s ownership and sovereignty and also of Jesus Christ’s claim of lordship in our lives.  Christian stewardship includes every area of life: our bodies, skills, time, environment, financial resources, and work.
 
In loving God with all of our heart, mind, and soul, all of our affairs reflect who we are in relationship to who God is. Therefore, with this all-inclusive view of stewardship, Jesus is also Lord of our financial resources. Viewed from its totality, stewardship is an expression of discipleship with a heart for God’s mission in the world. Stewards are partners with God, living out their faithfulness as members and church leaders in unity with His worldwide church. 
 

Accountability (10 Minutes)

Each disciple to share one insight or lesson learned from his/her devotion in the last week.
What is one gift you have that you love to use to build the kingdom of God?
 
 

Bible Discussion (20 Minutes)

1. Study Matthew 25:14-46.  What are the key lessons God is trying to teach us? Share with us your understanding of Lordship in this passage as God gives to every man according to his ability.
 
2. Read the following Bible verses and discuss its key teaching points about giving.
Why do you think the Lord think it is necessary to include these verses in the Bible?
 
3. Matthew 6:21 is direct to the point when Jesus spoke these words.  What are some of the obstacles to apply this truth to be practiced in every Christian life?
 

Life Transformation (20 Minutes)

1. What are the gifts and blessings God has bestowed upon you? How are you using them to forward God’s mission? How does understanding the difference between ownership and stewardship affect our faithfulness in giving?
 
2. There’s an old English saying, “Let him put his money where his mouth is.” The idea is that people can talk about how much they believe in something, but unless they are willing to put some of their money into it, the talk is meaningless. How does the act of returning faithful tithes and offerings reveal where our heart really is? 
 
3. Am I honest with God in my tithes and offering? Am I willing to be a faithful steward in all areas as expressed in this commitment card
 
 

Intercessory Prayer (10 Minutes)

  1. To recognize and acknowledge all blessings come from God
  2. To be faithful in returning tithes and offerings
  3. To use all gifts and talents for the glory of God via His church 
 
 

LEADERS’ TIP

  • Share about Adventists recognition that God claims 10 percent (10%) of our income as His own, and so we faithfully return His tithe to the “storehouse” which is the local Conference.
  • Bring an actual tithe envelope to show tithe, combined budget and the local church offering. There is an indication in the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy that regularity and proportionality are good principles to follow.
  • Share your personal practice in returning faithful tithes and offerings. It is also good to educate members how the tithe and offering are used, especially in Singapore Conference and our world church.  When you share stewardship from a biblical perspective, financial resources are only one aspect.  But it needs to be highlighted and brought up as Jesus talks more about money than anything throughout the four gospels.  
  • Use the commitment card to highlight Christian stewardship to include all other areas which gives the disciple a broader picture of what a faithful Christian steward should look like.
 

**Additional Resources

  1. Where do we bring our Tithe?
  2. SAC FAQ Tithes and Offering 

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Session 8: Repentance, Forgiveness & Obedience

REPENTANCE, FORGIVENESS & OBEDIENCE

 
 

Preparation

In preparation for this week’s D-Group:
Memorize and Meditate on 
 

Read/Watch:

 

What is Repentance, Forgiveness & Obedience?

REPENTANCE: The New Testament Greek word metanoia which often is translated in English as repentance literally means “to change the mind.” Repentance is sorrow for sin and turning away from sins.  Because repentance is a gift, therefore, sorrow for sin is also a gift, and thus turning away from sin is also a gift. (Acts 5:31). Thus, we do not change our lives in order to come to Christ.  We come to Him just as we are, and He changes our lives (John 6:37). God gives us repentance before He gives us forgiveness (Acts 3:19).
 
FORGIVENESS: God’s forgiveness is not limited, but our acceptance of His forgiveness is. (Matthew 18:21-22). Thus, those who are forgiven much will love much. Those who love much will obey much (Luke 7:41-43; John 14:15). The only known sin that cannot be forgiven is the one for which we don’t repent and ask for forgiveness (1 John 1:9). 
 
OBEDIENCE: Thus, true spiritual obedience comes from the inside out, not just shown from the outside (Matthew 23:25-26).  Therefore, a transformed disciple’s obedience is natural and spontaneous and it comes only through the loving-faith relationship with Christ (John 14:15).
 
 

Accountability (10 Minutes)

Each disciple to share one insight or lesson learned from his/her devotion in the last week.
When you get to heaven, what is one question you will ask God?
 
 

Bible Discussion (20 Minutes)

1. Psalm 51 by King David expressed his wrongs and regrets toward God. What can you learn from David’s repentance of sins? What about the consequences of his sins?
 
2. In 1 John 1:9, why is it the confession of our sins must happen before God forgives us? Share your insights for this text.
 
3. In John 14:15, what is the context of keeping the commands of God? Why is it so important and significant for the life of a disciple?
 
 

Life Transformation (20 Minutes)

1. What are the sins you are harboring that you need to repent, to feel sorrowful and to turn away from?
 
2. Is there anyone that you need to ask for forgiveness from? Would you be willing to ask for forgiveness now?
 
3. Share with the group how do you ensure your obedience to Jesus Christ comes from a changed heart, and not based on external pressure and markers?
 
 

Intercessory Prayer (10 Minutes)

  1. Holy Spirit to impress you to repent
  2. Power to forgive those who hurt you
  3. To be obedient to God’s teaching
 
 

LEADERS’ TIP

  • Emphasize cherished sins in the life of the believers often rendered his spiritual influence powerless. Worst, known and cherished unconfessed sins will further create a wall between the disciple and Jesus.  
  • Encourage each group member to specifically verbalize his sins and to seek the power of God to repent; to seek for God’s forgiveness and to live a Christian life of holy obedience.
  • Demonstrate personal brokenness and vulnerability so that it opens the door for other members to do likewise. It’s good to ask each member to update their “sins” periodically so that other members can intercede for each other in prayer that the cleansing blood of Jesus will wipe away all sins.  
  • Bottom line: the disciple must stay close to Jesus and held accountable to the d-group for continual spiritual development.
 

**Additional Resources

  1. What does it mean to be a Seventh-day Adventist?
  2. The Power of Forgiveness by Ellen White

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