Overview of G3 ("Grow 3") Groups
Do you want to experience what it is to authentically live out your faith?
Do you long for a community to challenge and encourage you in your walk with Jesus?
Do you want to understand and love the Bible instead of feeling intimidated or confused?
Are you ready to take the next step in your faith journey?
If these questions resonate with you, we’d encourage you to join one of our G3 Groups—part of our Real-Life Journey of discipleship at First Denham.
Below is the official G3 Overview brochure that explains what G3's are and answers general questions about the G3 process. To download, click the button below.
To download the study guide for each part of the G3 process click on the buttons below.
G3 Groups are Modeled After Jesus' Method of Discipleship
It's common knowledge that Jesus had twelve disciples. But did you know that out of the twelve, Jesus really invested into three men: Peter, James, and John? He did not take all the twelve everywhere He went but He made a special effort to include these three men in what God was doing and soon to do. They were with Him at the Mount of Transfiguration, when Jesus healed Peter's mother-in-law, when he healed the daughter of the Synagogue ruler, and when praying in the Garden of Gethsemane before His sham trial. Jesus not only taught these men about the Kingdom of God, but He also lived life with them. They learned not only from His teaching but by observing Jesus in everyday circumstances. Jesus' discipleship method with them was relational.
Discipleship is more than showing up at church each Sunday. It's more than being part of a group bible study. It's more than Christians fellowshipping together. It's more than an accountability group. Discipleship can occur in all of these forums but discipleship is much more intentional.
Discipleship is the process of leading others to follow Jesus
Christian Discipleship is developing a personal life-long obedient relationship with Jesus Christ in which He transforms your character into Christlikeness, changes your values into Kingdom-values, and involves you in His mission in the home, the church, and the world.
(Definition is taken from Masterlife curriculum)
How do we follow Jesus?
- By Having the Character of Christ
- By Having the Conviction of Christ
- By Having the Commitment of Christ
We do this through:
- By knowing Him through His Word (studying the Bible and memorizing power verses that help us defeat sin and live victoriously)
- John 8:31b-32 (CSB) - “If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
- By having a personal love-relationship with Him through prayer and daily obedience to His instruction
- 1 John 2:5-6 (CSB) - "But whoever keeps His word, truly in him the love of God is perfected. This is how we know we are in Him: The one who says he remains in Him should walk just as He walked."
- By following His mission of sharing the Gospel (good news!) with others and in-turn discipling others to follow Jesus
- Matthew 28:18-20 (CSB) - "Then Jesus came near and said to them, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'"
- By encouraging fellow disciples to continue strong in their faith (holding each other accountable)
- 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (CSB) - "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing."
More than clicking a "follow" button on social media. Following Jesus is transformational to your life. Following Him changes you from the inside out. Your life takes on new meaning as you walk each day with Jesus throughout all of life's journeys.
This is the goal of G3 Groups - to relationally disciple others to follow Jesus
Discipleship can only happen in the context of relationships.
Relationships flow in two directions: vertically & horizontally.
- Discipleship happens vertically as you and those you are discipling connect and grow with God through a trusting relationship with Jesus.
- Discipleship happens horizontally through the relationships you form with each other as you encourage each other to follow Jesus and share His gospel with those who don't know Jesus.
True Discipleship has occurred when it is reproduced in the life of a disciple.
How can you tell if true discipleship has occurred in your G3 Group? Are the people you are leading to follow Jesus, in turn, beginning to step out and lead others? A common definition of discipleship is "reproducing the life of Christ in others." Discipleship is not complete in an individual who does not in-turn disciple others.
How to start/Join a G3 Group
The best way to start or join a G3 Group is to ask people you know to be part of your group. By knowing generally who is going to be in your group, you can have the assurance that each person is committed to the process. (44 weeks)
You may want to join or lead a G3 Group but you are new to First Denham or you don't have anyone who will join with you just yet; you're not out of luck! Click on the button below to sign up for a G3 Group and we'll do our best to pair you with others who are looking to start/join a group.