Growing up as a boy in New Orleans, I wanted to be like Mike. Michael Jordan, that is. I did everything I could to imitate his moves. After school every afternoon, I would go into the living room. I would press Play on our VCR of Michael Jordan’s Playground which was a movie with a collection of his moves and I would watch Michael Jordan perform one of these moves. I would press “pause” on the VCR. I would run outside. And as best as I could as a 6’6 uncoordinated white boy, I would attempt to perform the moves. Now they worked great in the driveway, not so good in game, if you can imagine. Thankfully, I did not imitate Michael Jordan’s moves off the court.

As a Christian, I have often thought about the men who have invested in me, though. I have thought about how they have displayed love to other people. I thought about how they ministered to people. I thought about how they preached the Word of God, their quiet time with God, their prayer life with God.

And I want to show you today that if we are not careful as Christians, we could follow and mimic the false teachings of our society unknowingly. I want to ask you today, who are your role models? Who are you looking up to? Who are you following? Who are you mimicking unconsciously or consciously in the Christian life?

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A common question people ask before starting a discipleship group is about what material to use. That answer is easy:

The Bible

With the Bible as the central guiding focus of our D-groups, it can also be helpful to augment your reading with some specific discipleship group training. In fact, that is why I wrote Growing Up. It’s meant to be a guide in your disciple-making journey. Along with the book, we also created The Growing Up Challenge. It’s a 13 week course that goes along with the book to help “kickstart” your group.

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This is the next post in as series about starting a D-Group in January. Click here to view all the posts.


3. Perceive: Analyze potential group members

Your D-Group should consist of F.A.T. believers: Faithful, Available, and Teachable. You are looking for believers who have a desire to grow in their, a passion for the things of God, and a disposition to learn. Look for people who are already in your concentric circles: church, Sunday school class, small group, job, neighborhood, etc.

4. Proceed: Gather a group of people

After identifying a few potential people, prayerfully approach two to three individuals and ask, “Would you be interested in studying the Bible together? Would you be interested in memorizing Scripture and praying together?” I have personally found that many people are open to that. All you have to do is ask. Never say, “Would you like for me to disciple you?” as this question may come across in a derogatory manner. Keep in mind, men should disciple men, and women should disciple women.

Gospel-Centered Evangelism

Robby Gallaty —  November 24, 2014

Derwin L. Gray:

Discipleship isn’t knowing more information about Jesus, but knowing Jesus personally and being transformed into his image through the constant exposure of the gospel of grace in the context of a local church. Jesus’ life and mission becomes ours as we live by faith in him in the everydayness of life by the Spirit’s power as his church. The deeper a person’s discipleship, the deeper they go into the culture to reach lost people.

A disciple becomes like the teacher, and our teacher is Jesus who came “to seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). Our teacher said, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men” (Matt. 4:19). We believe that spiritually mature people love Jesus and want lost people to love him, too.

A mentor, by definition, is one who is a trusted counselor, guide, tutor, or coach. As ministers of the Gospel, we have the great privilege of mentoring young leaders and Gospel workers. My purpose is to share several qualities of a Godly mentor.


  1. Model Christ-like Behavior.

The greatest gift you could give a young man or woman would be to live a Godly life before them. Someone has said, “example is not the best teacher; it is the only teacher!” Notice what the Lord Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount:

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16) ESV

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