So let’s put what we know so far together. Our mission, as given by Jesus, is the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. The manner in which this best happens is out of the overflow of a life-changing experience with Jesus. The arena we think this best happens in is the Life Group.
Transformation is a fancy word for life-change. And the Bible talks a lot about transformation. Galatians 4:19 talks about “Christ being formed in you.” The word transformed is metamorphoo in Greek – where we get our word metamorphous. Makes you think of this, doesn’t it?
The word means to be changed inward not noticeable to the human eye, like an embryo being formed in a mother’s womb. This is a wonderful word picture of how Christ changes us. It starts inward unnoticeable to the human eye. Eventually it affects every aspect of our life.
Paul uses this word often. Romans 12:2 – Do not conformed…but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. 2 Corinthians 3:18 – And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness. Philippians 3:21 – who will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
The essence of spiritual transformation is living in the presence of God. It is Christ being formed in us. Sounds a lot like discipleship doesn’t it? Because that is exactly what it is! This means growth and change in our lives.
So what exactly does spiritual transformation look like and how does that happen in a LIFE Group? Great questions that we are going to attempt to answer in greater detail as we go on.
The Seeds of Multiplication
At this point, I think it important to understand that transformation should lead to multiplication. The making of a disciple is quite simply the multiplication of a follower of Jesus. When Jesus set out to change the world, he started by changing 12 men. We too are called to change our worlds, so we must start sowing the seeds of multiplication. What I have learned, I will lifewalk through with you. What you learn on our journey together, I expect you to take someone else on next.
That is why it really doesn’t matter how big or small our LIFE Groups are. If a LIFE Group has only 4 people, but 2 of them go on to lead a LIFE Group, then that is a successful LIFE Group. We multiply leaders who are having life changing experiences with Jesus. We donâ€™t multiply groups. That is Great Commission work at its core.