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How Great Life Groups Regularly Proclaim The Gospel

Throughout this month’s series, one word has dominated the discussion. It’s a word that’s not limited only to conversations about proclamation. In truth, it may be the key word to describe the entire process of Christian discipleship. If you’re going to be a maturing disciple, you’ve got to have it.

It’s a trait that should permeate every spiritual discipline. Whether you’re discussing the why’s, the what’s, or the how’s of proclamation one word must shape the conversation.

What is it?Continue Reading

4 Ways To Cultivate Gospel-Intentionality In Your Life Group

Throughout June we’re taking a look at the third priority of our Life Group Communities: proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Last week we started with the “why” and gave four important reasons why Life Group Communities should proclaim the Gospel. This week we’re going to get practical and answer the “how” question: “How can Life Groups proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ?”Continue Reading

4 Important Reasons Communities Should Proclaim the Gospel

Throughout June we’ll take a detailed look at the third priority of our Life Group Communities: proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Evangelism is fueled by our commitment to and awe of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s the greatest story every told: the one all-knowing, all-powerful creator God, emptied Himself of His glory, was born in the likeness of men, humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross…that He might redeem His creation (Philippians 2:5-11)! This is good news!

Most Christians don’t need to be convinced that evangelism is a “good thing”. We gladly affirm that. Most Christians need to be convinced that evangelism is an essential discipline they personally need to develop.

It’s true of individuals and it’s true of our communities. Evangelism is a discipline every Life Group must prioritize and intentionally work to develop. Why?Continue Reading

Getting Practical About Relational Accountability

Encouraging relational accountability is essential to nurturing spiritual maturity and effectively proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Remove these personal relationships and you’re left with nothing more than a cold, lifeless spiritual-checklist. But when we encourage Gospel-centered relationships, we see one another as Christ sees us: men and women in need of His grace.

Throughout May, we’ve talked about why we encourage relational accountability and some of the foundational truths of this task. To summarize…

  • We emphasize authentic relationships because the Bible emphasizes authentic relationships.
  • Relational accountability is upheld by the continued work of the Holy Spirit.
  • Encouraging relational accountability requires intentional intimacy.
  • The outcome of relational accountability is spiritual growth.
  • Regardless of your age or stage of spiritual maturity, God wants to use you to help others grow.

Now let’s look at the practical “hows”. How are Life Groups at Warren practically encouraging relational accountability?Continue Reading

Three Foundations of Relational Accountability

Throughout May we’re taking a detailed look at the second priority of our Life Group Communities: encouraging relational accountability. Last week we looked at “the why”—we lose our way when we lose our “why”. Why does Warren emphasize personal relationships? We emphasize authentic relationships because the Bible emphasizes authentic relationships.

Authentic community is essential to our mission of making disciples and multiplying disciple-makers. There is power in these relationships! Individually, Peter, John, Andrew, and others could only accomplish so much. But a Gospel-centered community was used by God to change the world. Alone we can do so little; together than we can do so much.

But what does relational accountability within an authentic community look like? That depends, it will and it should look different for every community. I believe there are three foundations of relational accountability present in every authentic community.Continue Reading

The Power of Personal Relationships

Welcome to May! Can you believe it?!?! Throughout May we’ll take a detailed look at the second priority of our Life Group Communities: encouraging relational accountability.

At Warren, we have a singular mission: to make disciples and multiply disciple makers. Each individual believer champions this mission in his/her own life. But we were not saved to live in isolation. We have each other!

Warren’s Life Group Communities are intentionally designed to be visible expressions of what it means for diverse people to live a unique way of life centered on Jesus. Life Groups demonstrate a way of life centered on Jesus by three overarching pursuits:

  • Nurturing spiritual maturity
  • Encouraging relational accountability
  • Proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Perhaps you’re thinking, “I get the spiritual maturity piece. And obviously Gospel proclamation is important. But why emphasize relationships? Is that really what the church should be about?”Continue Reading

Links For Leaders (04.28.2015)

Throughout the month of April we’ve been looking at the why’s and what’s and how’s of Life Groups that nurture spiritual maturity. Making disciples and multiplying disciple-makers begins when we actively seek to nurture spiritual maturity in ourselves and in others.

If you are interested in learning more about spiritual growth and how other individuals, churches and organizations are going about this task, I encourage you to check out the following resources:Continue Reading

How are Life Groups nurturing spiritual maturity?

We’ve spent the month of April looking at the first goal our Life Groups pursue: nurturing spiritual maturity. This ongoing pursuit is absolutely central to the task of discipleship! I hope these posts have been helpful to stimulate thoughts about this mission. So much more could be said about this task…well beyond what a 600-700 word blog post will allow. In the end, my prayer is that nurturing spiritual maturity becomes the passionate pursuit of each and every one of us—individually and as a community!

So what have we said about nurturing spiritual maturity? Let’s summarize them in a series of “we believe” statements.Continue Reading

There’s More Than One Way To Nurture Spiritual Maturity

No so long ago I tried to teach myself Latin.

True story.

It sounded like something an aspiring Renaissance man should do. And so I thought, why not?

I bought a used copy of Wheelock’s Latin and the accompanying workbook. I made it through about three chapters but just couldn’t quite get it. So, I did what any self-respecting scholar does: I searched YouTube videos. “Learning Latin for Beginners” (because no one wants to be called a “dummy”). I was pumped. I was ready. I was set to preorder my copy of the Latin Vulgate, which I would most assuredly dog-ear half of the pages within the next few weeks.

I made it through about two lessons…and then I was done. A dropout. Discouraged. Defeated.Continue Reading