1. Sin is confessed in Mutual Accountability and we are spurred on to LOVE and GOOD DEEDS.
You start MAD Groups by asking each other the accountability conversation Questions. MAD Groups start here because it is easy to lose focus and start talking about all sorts of other things.
Beginning with confession of sin usually focuses the rest of the
The questions are asked straightforward. Each person takes a turn answering the same question before moving on to the next. The confession of sin reminds us of our need for Christ and prepares our hearts for the Word of God that is being read each week.
2 We Soak Ourselves in God’s Word
Jesus said, “People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every word of God.” Matthew 4:4
To expect lives to change and bear fruit without first planting the seed is foolish and will end in disappointment. We must have God’s word.
Each MAD Group decides on a passage of Scripture that their group will read that week. Each week you should read about 25 to 30 chapters. For instance if you are reading the book of Philippians you would read it 7 times. (4 Chapters X 7 = 28 Chapters) Or you might want to read through a whole book like Matthew. If anyone in the group fails to read all that the group agreed to read the whole Mad Group reads the same portion of scripture the next week. Reading large sections of the Bible, repetitively, in context and in community, will totally help you grow closer to God.
As you read think about what God might be speaking to you about in your own life and how what you are reading applies to you.
The missing are prayed for specifically and regularly.
Jesus taught us to pray “May your will be done on earth, just as it is in heaven” Matthew 6:10
This Mad Groups brochure, which functions as a Bible bookmark, has conversation questions and the Strategic Prayer Focus printed on it. This is to remind each member of the group to pray specifically for every person named on their card as they read their Bibles throughout the week. Disciples need “to think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of His coming back again is drawing near” Hebrews 10:23-24
MAD Groups are a group of 2 or 3 people who meet weekly for accountability and spiritual growth. For real accountability, all MAD Group members should be the same gender. Also, the groups shouldn’t have more than four people. Instead, they should multiply into two groups. Here are five biblical reasons why two or three are better than larger groups when it comes to making disciples:
1. Community: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
2. Accountability: 1 Timothy 5:9
3. Confidentiality: Matthew 18:15-17
4. Flexibility: Matthew 18:20
5. Reproducibility: 2 Timothy 2:2
Some Things Others Have Found to Be Helpful in the Past.
1. Don’t Give Up!
Stick it out at least 5 weeks in a row
2. Read to Hear from God and respond. Don’t just read to read or your time will often be dry. Mine for nugggets of truth.
4. Set a goal or goals for each week as you strive to become more like Christ.
5. Think about who you could invite to join your Mad Group in the future as you make disciples.
MAD Groups Testimonials
Don’t take our word for it – here’s what these teens say:
Mad groups have given me the motivation and drive to want to read the Bible and learn more about God. As I have gone through this process with my friends I have become a lot closer to them and Jesus, We have become intentional with each other and throughout our every day lives we think of our conversations, constantly reminded to live a life that is glorifying to God.
Mad groups have been great for me because everyone is in it together and we all have the same goal. And from that small group of people that you trust completely comes great honesty about your own walk with God which in turn brings great growth for everyone
Mad Groups have been an amazing way for me to bond with a small group through deeply studying scripture. Being so immersed in scripture everyday and having accountability questions help me individually grow closer to God as well as help me see how can I aid others to do the same.
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