What Are DNA Groups?
Are triads of same sex groups designed to meet every few weeks to encourage one another to live out the implications of the gospel all areas of their lives.
“We are not called to help people. We are called to follow Jesus, in whose service we learn who we are and how we are to help and be helped.” Stanley Hauerwas and Wil Willimon
Whose Approval am I seeking (Galatians 1:10)? It is quite easy to fall into the habit of seeking the approval of man rather than God. The fact is Peter did, and had to be lovingly rebuked by Paul, because he was no longer walking in “In step with the truth of the gospel.”(Galatians 2:14, ESV). DNA’s help us remember the truth of the gospel, and bear witness of it in our life stories. If Peter can get out of “Step” with Gospel truth, so can we, so we need one another to help us remember rightly! When we join a DNA, we are doing a couple of things:
1. Becoming vulnerable and honest with each other
2. Giving permission to others to speak freely into our life
While there is a group facilitator to make sure the group meets and is on point, there is no real leader in the group, since everyone in the group needs to be share their issues with one another, and be ready to counsel one another with the Gospel.Our goal is to have each group meet for a year, and then each of the 3 participants would begin their own DNA Groups.
DNA's Are Not:
Another Bible Study
A Fellowship Group
A Time to Hang Out With No Purpose
- Remind each other of our new Identity in Jesus Christ
- Admonish and teach one another to obey Jesus’ commands. (Matthew 28:18-20; Colossians 3:15-17)
- Train each other to serve/love in tangible ways
To be a Disciple first and foremost is to be a learner. We all learn at different levels, but as disciples, we are all learning. Thus part of what we want to do, is learn, so there will be a part of our time where the word is opened and we will discuss the text in light of our own issues, feelings and thoughts. We are transformed by the “Renewing of our minds” (Romans 12:2), and the word of God is the main agent to help us see the truth of our lives, and how we are out of line with the gospel.
- Get 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. (John 16:7-15)
- Check one another’s passions: 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? (Romans 12:10, 15)
- Pray with and for each other. (Romans 12:12; Ephesians 6:18; James 5:16)
To Nurture one another, there has to be a time to listen to one another and hear out the pain, feeling, and issues that we are all dealing with. So there will be a time in each DNA to listen to one another, and the problems we are facing.
- Encourage each other to live out what we believe; In step with the gospel (Galatians 2:14; Hebrews 10: 24-25)
- Review since you last met and how faithful we have been in keeping our word.
- Speak the truth in love as we see areas of sin (Ephesians 4:14-16), correcting and rebuking with God’s Word when necessary. (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
To be Accountable to one another is to not allow one another to stay in our ruts. We will listen with an empathetic ear, but truth must be upheld, and action must be clear. DNA is not for complaints without getting to the sin issues beneath our own reactions to the things that happen to us, and then root them out through repentance and reconciliation. For some, it may mean going to someone else and ask forgiveness for their feelings toward someone else, or even to forgive others for “Wrongs” done to them.