Trust in Him at all times, you people.
Pour out your hearts before Him. God is a refuge for us. Selah
Psalm 62:8 (NASB)
Daily prayer is essential in the Christian life as it humbles us before God by laying our needs, anxieties, and longings at His feet. When we pray, we show our trustful dependence upon Him for everything we need as His children. We recognize who we are — our helplessness, limitations, and failures — in the light of who God is and what He can do in our lives and in the lives of others.
It is important for us to read the Bible as Christians. The Bible is our primary source through which God Himself speaks to us for our instruction, inspiration, and direction. It is a book that is “living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword… able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Heb 4:12). It also rebukes us, corrects us, and trains us in righteousness (1 Tim 3:16). When we read it, we understand more of who God is and His will for us, increasing our faith and enabling us to live a life that is pleasing to Him.
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.
Romans 10: 17 (NSAB)
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for the one who comes to God must
believe that He exists, and that He proves to be One who rewards those who seek Him.
Hebrews 11: 6 (NASB)
The Christian life is not meant to be lived alone. God wants us to be with other Christians so we can grow in Christlikeness, resulting in greater fruitfulness in our walks and in His service. Joining a DGroup is a commitment that reflects how God and your spiritual growth is a priority to you. It not only helps you understand the word of God but also holds you accountable to the standard of Christ.
What to expect from members in a Discipleship Group (DGroup)?
A disciple is committed follower of the Lord Jesus Christ who helps others become committed followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Discipleship is a life-long process by which a new Christian grows daily in his relationship with God towards Christlikeness in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Dear Father in Heaven, I confess that I have been in control of my own life, I recognize that I have sinned against you, and I repent from my sin/s of _________________ (mention your sins).
Thank you for forgiving me for all my sins. I desire to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Please fill me now with the Holy Spirit as you commanded me to be filled. (Ephesians 5:18). I believe Your promise that You will answer me when I ask anything according to Your will. I surrender the control of my whole life to You. By the power of the Holy Spirit, I will follow You and live to please You. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
To learn more about the Holy Spirit – https://glc.ccf.org.ph
We praise God for what He is doing through CCF and our discipleship movement. In the Philippines and around the world, we have thousands of DGroups meeting together to make Christ-Committed Followers who will make Christ Committed Followers! What a joy it is to partner with you in this discipleship movement.
For alignment and accountability in our primary ministry of discipleship in small groups, below are some important reminders on our DGroup guidelines.
We need to be connected to each other for mutual encouragement, accountability, and protection, serving together and helping each other grow in Christlikeness. Every DGroup leader must also be under an Area/Satellite Pastor. If for any reason you or your DGroup leader are no longer with CCF, please inform Discipleship Management or your Area Pastor for endorsement of your group to another DGroup leader.
God leads His local church through His appointed pastors. Therefore, discussing the messages in the DGroup meetings is important for review, application, and transformation. The 4Ws Small Group Guide is provided weekly to aid in this. You may download a soft copy of this material from the CCF website (www.ccf.org.ph/4ws). In addition, to help ensure systematic progress in our spiritual life, you may use the DGroup meeting as a venue to complete the GLC curriculum. Please visit the GLC website (glc.ccf.org.ph) for more information.
If, after discussing the message-based 4Ws and completing GLC, you would like to take up other materials in your DGroup, kindly seek the approval of your up-line DGroup leader or your Area Pastor, or send an email to Ptr Peter Tan-chi ([email protected]) and/or Ptr Ricky Sarthou ([email protected]).
Other resources can also be found on our website at the resources tab (ccf.org.ph/resources), at the DLeader’s Corner (ccf.org.ph/dleaders-corner), and by utilizing CCF’s resource subscription to Right Now Media (rightnowmedia.org) for commitment card holders*.
* To sign-up for a commitment card, go to ccf.org.ph/commitment-card.
Our DGroup are for life-on-life discipleship. Its purpose is not for business transactions, network marketing. selling goods, and borrowing of money. These are not to be practiced in the DGroup.
In obedience to the Great Commission, let us make it our goal for all DGroup leaders, to prayerfully identify, equip, and empower all DGroup members to become DGroup leaders. Two practical suggestions that can be considered in multiplying our DGroup would be by: 1) Using the Go Viral Process, and 2) Disciple immediate family members and start a family DGroup.
We are also encouraging every leader to plug their DGroup via CCF’s Small Groups Account. For those who are already registered, don’t forget to update your information to make sure that the email address and contact number are up to date. For those who are planning to start their own group, you can create your account by going to smallgroups.ccf.org.ph. Click here to view the tutorial.
If you have friends or relatives who wants to join a DGroup, they can sign-up at the same portal (smallgroups.ccf.org.ph). To view the tutorial, go to go.ccf.org.ph/JoinDgroup.
If any of these guidelines are not being followed in your DGroup, please share this with your Area/Satellite Pastor. It is important for you to do so to ensure that we move forward together in this discipleship process of making Christ-Committed Followers.
We appreciate you. God bless you!
Ptr. Peter Tan-chi, Senior Pastor
Ptr. Ricky Sarthou, Executive Pastor
Ptr. JP Masakayan, Executive Director for Operations
Ptr. Nett Gochuico, National Church Planting Director
Ptr. Jim Whelchel, International Church Planting Director (BEYOND)