community, discipleship, small groups
The word “discipleship” carries different meanings depending on the context in which it is used. Holistic community provides a natural environment in which people can learn cognitively, emotionally, and behaviorally. In this way, discipling in the context of community (small groups) enhances and strengthens behaving and believing, as well as belonging. Additionally, a deeper understanding of the three-fold revelation of God (i.e., the Triune God, who is by nature a communal, relational God) helps us better understand how holistic small groups foster the growth and support of believers, encouraging them to bring others into God’s family. The way the members of the Trinity relate to each other is a model of the very essence of discipleship. While other elements of church life are important to discipleship, it is specifically through/ within holistic small groups that disciples are created, grown, transformed, and multiplied. Three elements (colors) of discipleship necessary for real-life discipleship are suggested: teaching, mentoring, and modeling.
Pan-African Journal of Theology
Činčala, Petr, "Holistic Community: The Key to Real-life Discipleship" (2022). Faculty Publications. 4599.
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