sequence 4.0 transformation

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This is the fifth in a series on the role of sequence in disciple making movements.

Catalyzing disciple making movements can be seen as a series of steps that moves from access to people of peace to group discovery, and then to the fourth of five steps, transformation.

Transformation is what happens when the person of peace’s circle responds to God in obedience.

There are two transformations that occur when a group responds to God in obedience:

The first transformation is the spiritual rebirth of individual members. This rebirthing process is unpredictable – it may be fast or slow, and there may be complications along the way. However, the results are always the same: new life that leads to a new way of living.

The second change is the transformation of the group into a tangible expression of Christ’s Body on earth. This, too, is an act of God and his exclusive privilege (Matthew 16:18). The only difference between a church and any other group is that Christ is at the center of the one, but not the other.

This fourth phase can be observed when the person of peace’s circle has become a baptized group of believers.

Your turn:

  1. What are the implications of the group becoming a tangible expression of the Church rather part of a local church?
  2. How does knowing this phase (Transformation) affect your approach to the previous phase (Group Discovery)?
  3. What would be missing if Transformation were the final sequence in disciple making movements?

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