Our desire at The Road @ Chapel Hills is for each man, woman and child to wholeheartedly love Jesus and become like Him. It is through individual connection with God and through community that we truly grow. Some of the best spiritual training happens in the context of a small group, in a home, with other like-minded believers. Jesus did some of His deepest teaching in the context of small intimate groups of people in homes.
Jesus’ Plan A is the making of disciples through the church. Jesus never gave us a Plan B. With the absence of a Plan B, we are going with Plan A, building the church through the making of disciples. This was the Jesus command to every Jesus disciple:
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matthew 28:18–20)
When we focus on building disciples, God focuses on building His church!
Jesus: “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)
The Bible never tells us to go and make Christians. The Bible refers to “Christians” three times. The Bible refers to “disciples” 270 times!
Every ministry at The Road @ Chapel Hills is built on the vision of “building wholehearted disciples of Jesus.” From our NexGen Jr. to our C and D Groups, front and center in our mind is how to build and develop people to love Jesus wholehearted.
Jesus had Three Types of Groups
1. T-Groups: Teaching Groups (on the hillside with upwards of thousands)
2. C-Groups: Community Groups (a smaller group of 70 that he sent out)
3. D-Groups: Discipleship Group (12 that was narrowed even more to 3—Peter, James, and John)
These groups went deeper in each grouping:
Jesus taught on the hillsides, in the synagogue, by the lake, to masses of people. This group of 40 or more allows for broad scale teaching and worship. The Road worship gathering on Sunday morning would be considered a T-Group. From time to time, we have T-Groups for training and equipping in certain skill areas.
Jesus had smaller groups that he ministered in—probably in homes where there was limited capacity. A community group of 7-35 or more men and women meeting together in a home is our model. We have numerous C-Groups meeting in homes around the city. See our website and app for information on C-groups.
Jesus discipled 12 and 3. A D-Group is a discipleship group of 5 or less of the same gender. We have D-Groups meeting all over the city. Go to our website and app to find out more information on D-Groups and how to join.
More about D-Groups
More about C-Groups
Three key aspects to growing in intimacy with Jesus
This is information of two types; Knowing from Bible study and knowing from experience. Within our groups, we pass our experiences and knowledge to each other through teaching. We lead through learning the Word, cognitively embracing Jesus, renewing our minds, and demonstrating in our lives that we are Christ disciples. (75% of Jesus ministry in the Bible was teaching.)
This is learning to flow with the Holy Spirit through hearing from God by words of knowledge, spiritual intuition, prophetic, listening prayer, and meditation. Jesus only “did what he saw the Father doing.” We also are growing to learn how to flow in the Spirit through giving time for the Spirit to move in our groups.
Jesus was constantly going through the villages, “looking for the sick, casting out demons and preaching the Kingdom of God.” We grow through doing Kingdom work: healing the sick, feeding the poor, worship, missional going, prayer, and teamwork. Putting in action what we know to be true will bring Spirit-derived life to your group through serving, loving, and being God’s blessing to all those around you.
Jesus built a discipleship culture of knowing his Word, flowing in the Spirit, going to do kingdom work in an atmosphere of intimacy and trust. Knowing, Flowing, Going, within intentional relational environments, always leads to a deeper walk with Christ.