Isn’t It Time to Get Discipled?

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We would like to encourage everyone to become discipled in your faith. Right now we are offering small group opportunities (see the attached pdf) to help make that happen. Please review the times and days of these small groups below:

Monday

6:30 PM, Meet at CCC – Facilitator: Linda Dorsch
For details call Linda at 816-728-5035. First Session – Sept. 28.

Wednesday

6:30 PM, Church Basement – Facilitator: Linda Niendick,
For details call Linda at (816) 517-. First Session – Sept. 30.

Saturday

8:00 AM, Meet at CCC – Facilitators: Mark & René Appleby,
For details call Mark at (660) 251-3150. First Session – Oct. 3.

Sunday

NOON, Church Basement – Facilitator: Richard Abdoler
For details call Richard at (660)885-6225. First Session – Oct. 4.

If these times and days are not good for you, let us know when you can meet. Knowing the busy schedules we all deal with, we are willing to work around your conflicts. One of the strengths of our scheduling was greatly appreciated by the group members last year. By having 4 different offerings, people who have a conflict with their first choice of study time can plug in somewhere else during that same week. Sunday is the ultimate back up in case one has to miss earlier in the week.

This fall, we are encouraging everyone to give Book One, Growing Strong in God’s Family, a try. This is an 11-week commitment.

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For those wondering about the 2:7 Series as a whole, read on below or go to http://www.2-7series.org/What-Others-Say for personal testimonies of how the 2:7 discipleship training helped them.

If you want to join a group this fall, we need your commitment this week. (Sept. 20-27) Email the church office at lookstluke@cebridge.net.

About the Series

The 2:7 Series® is a discipleship training curriculum done in small discussion groups. Each of its three workbooks is an 11-week course led by a qualified leader/facilitator. The three training courses are:

  1. Growing Strong in God’s Family
  2. Deepening Your Roots in God’s Family
  3. Bearing Fruit in God’s Family

What is the significance of the name The 2:7 Series®? The name is based on the Scripture reference Colossians 2:7—the statement of the Apostle Paul to a New Testament church: “Rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” What the apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, expresses in this passage clearly defines the specific goals of this training:

  1. For a Christian to become built up in Christ and strengthened (or established) in his or her faith. This series of courses includes instruction in practical Bible study techniques, Scripture memory skills, how to have an exciting devotional life, and how to be more effective in evangelism.
  2. For a Christian to learn to overflow with gratitude in everyday life. The series will help an individual learn to experience and enjoy a stable and consistent Christian walk.
  3. For a Christian to be taught (or instructed). This implies that training needs to take place before believers develop into a follower of Christ whose life can significantly impact in the lives of people around them.

The three books are designed to be completed in sequence. Book 2 builds on the work done in book 1, and book 3 builds on what your group has accomplished in the first two books. You will enjoy each book’s biblical and practical approach to discipleship. As many others have, those of you who participate in a 2:7 group can expect to experience positive life changes as you study and apply this time-proven material. Here is the main content of the three courses.

Book 1:  Growing Strong in God’s Family
This first book in The 2:7 Series you complete exercises that strengthen your spiritual foundation through enriching Bible study, Scripture memory and group interaction.

Book 2:  Deepening Your Roots in God’s Family
The discipleship training in this second book builds on the work done in the  first book. You will learn ways to deepen your own Christian life, approaches for sharing your faith, and you experience an extended time alone with God.

Book 3:  Bearing Fruit in God’s Family

You will continue to develop and strengthen your walk with Christ during this third book in the series. You discuss priorities and life management, learn a  versatile tool for explaining the gospel, and you sharpen your own salvation testimony.

The 2:7 Series is discipleship training.  We Navigators tend to think of training groups as being more demanding than growth groups. It is difficult to perfectly differentiate between the two. An example of a growth group might be people who prepare a Bible study, come together to talk about what they have studied, and pray together.

People in training groups learn and practice skills while they experience spiritual growth. In The 2:7 Series® people learn and practice skills such as quiet time options, ways to meditate on Scripture, how to sharpen and tell their salvation story, and other skill-based topics.

NavPress offers a number of tools for both growth groups and discipleship training groups. The 2:7 Series® provides well-rounded discipleship training for both men and women—in separate groups or together.

Interested in learning more? Check out Navigators for more on the 2:7 Series.

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