The Purpose of Mosaic’s 3’s & 4’s

The Mission of God, the Gospel, is to restore all things to Himself in and through the work and person of Jesus Christ. His chosen vehicle through which he is accomplishing that mission is the Church. As God restores us to HImself, he is also restoring us to be who He intends us to be.

*** This restoring work does not happen in isolation, but rather in and through our relationships with each other as family. We don’t do it alone. We need each other.

Before Jesus went to be with the Father, He communicated our role in His restoration process in Matthew 28:19 “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Those who follow Jesus by faith are known as his disciples. A disciple of Jesus is someone learning to apply the gospel to absolutely every part of life. Essentially, everything we do together in community is a part of discipleship.

Why 3’s & 4’s? Mosaic desires and prays that our lives are formed around the Gospel, our new identity in Jesus and the rhythms in which He and His followers lived. We also believe that this formation (life change) takes place best in the context of relationships

What are they? 3’s & 4’s are a small group gathering for the purpose of intentional discipleship using simple rhythms to grow in one’s faith with others

What is the purpose? The purpose is to learn from each other to walk more effectively in the ways of Jesus and encourage Gospel-focused living.

*** More specifically: Our goal is to see lives changed through the gospel so that we can be the Church on mission that communicates and displays the gospel in all of life. Together we want to discover Jesus in the Scriptures, nurture the truths of the gospel in our hearts, and encourage action to obey what Jesus calls us to.

Thus the term 3’s & 4’s — 3’s & 4’s refers to groups that consist of three or four people—men with men, women with women— who meet together every other week. They seek to be known and to bring the gospel to bear on each other’s lives so that they become more like Jesus.

A 3’s & 4’s Group has three major elements:

STORY Formed: We understand, experience & intersect with God’s Story and Other’s.
Everyone’s life is shaped by a dominant story. God has been unfolding His Story since before time began. We believe we are participants in the Story and need to understand it and see how our lives intersect with it. Therefore, we will diligently reacquaint ourselves with the Story by interacting with God’s Word.

CARE: We are children of God who care for each other as a family.
This will include getting to know one another’s stories, listening closely to each other and to the Holy Spirit so we can carefully and empathetically direct each other to truth; checking one another’s heart and passions by asking question like: How are you doing? Who are you loving well? Not so well? Where are you living in fear? What can we celebrate with you? What are you struggling through? Praying with and for each other?

OBEDIENCE: We encourage each other to live out God’s Story of Restoration.
This will include praying for continued understanding, trust, and obedience in God. Asking God’s Spirit to help you apply His truths to your life right now. Speaking the truth in love as we see areas of sin, correcting and rebuking with God’s Word when necessary.

Therefore, the hope for every 3’s & 4’s group is that each participant would one day lead another group. The timeline will vary from group to group, but this material was developed with this goal clearly in mind. Begin praying even now about whom God might have you lead in the future.

Thanks to Soma Communities for the wisdom & insight into 3’s & 4’s.

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