Committed to Transformation
It was a joy once again to be with all of you this week. I find myself settling in more and more here with the sense that you really are family. So many of you have come alongside my family to welcome us, encourage us, and pray for us. Thank you for your grace and kindness in this season of transition.
I pray you were encouraged through the teaching of God’s Word yesterday. My hope is that each of us will commit to our own personal transformation as well as the transformation of others more and more into the image of Christ. We need each other’s help in this.
If you missed Sunday’s message, you can watch it here:
For our review, I want to remind you that we are committed to your ongoing growth toward maturity in Christ, and our hope for becoming more like him is Jesus at work in and through us (Colossians 1:27). He has also given us one another to continue speaking the truths of the gospel into the everyday stuff of life (Colossians 1:28; Ephesians 4:15). We aren’t just concerned about behavior modification, but heart level transformation. In order to experience that, we need to address the beliefs at the root of our behaviors. Every action, attitude, or thought that is not conformed to the image of Jesus Christ stems from wrong beliefs in Who God Is, What He Has Done and Who We Are as a result of his work.
On Sunday we introduced the concept of DNA Groups as another foundational relationship structure within the church. Alongside the Sunday gathering (larger corporate worship) and living life-on-life in smaller groups in Missional Communities, the core idea of DNA Groups is to have an even smaller circle of 2-3 friends where the deepest relationships happen. In DNA Groups we hope to help each other confess our beliefs (right and wrong), repent and believe the truth found in the gospel, and walk out the fruit of repentance through our behavior.
Ideally, we would like to see you form DNA groups from within your Missional Community of three men or three women that met together regularly. DNA is an acronym that reminds of us three key components of discipleship: Discover, Nurture, and Act: we hope to see you talk about what you DISCOVER in God’s Word in your personal or collective study; NURTURE each others hearts toward repentance and faith in the gospel; and ACT in light of what God has done in your hearts through obedience and proclamation (What are you going to do and who are you going to tell?).
While we will be developing our own training materials in the future in our own Doxa context, if you would like more training on DNA groups you can download a DNA Guide.
And you can (look for session 18 – The Details of a DNA Group – use code: equip100 to get it for free)
In your family, Missional Community or new DNA Group please consider processing through these questions together:
- What are the strengths of being relationally accountable to one another? What are the challenges?
- Why do we so easily settle with behavior modification instead of heart transformation?
- What would have to be true of us (or, what might need to change) in order to create an environment for true confession (confessing wrong beliefs) and repentance (turning toward the truth of Who God Is, What He Has Done For Us and Who We Are)?
- For those ready to adopt this- what steps will we take to move toward being in a DNA group?
- Also, if you would like to read Scripture in preparation for the message on Sunday read: John 14-16; Luke 3-4 and Romans 8.
I pray you have a fruitful week of ongoing repentance and faith in the gospel with one another.
God bless you, family!