The title of this post has been rolling around in my head. I don’t think it is tremendously profound and at any time in the last few years I would have readily agreed with it. The premise behind the phrase is taking on a new dimension in my life.
Mark Trew and I formed our first “Life Transformation Group.” It seemed like a good idea as we’ve incorporated them in to our church network strategy. An LTG is a very simple approach to peer discipleship. Two or three people get together. Those in the LTG read 25-30 chapters of scripture a week. Then they get together once a week to talk, share, pray and confess sin. No special materials and no complicated program. When it grows to 4 split it apart and keep going. I’ve heard other missional church advocates talk about doing similar kinds of things.
After two weeks in I’m finding I really like it and I wonder whether the success of some simple church networks can be attributed as much to the peer to peer discipleship than anything else. One of the key components of the LTG is the confession of sin. It is something that just doesn’t happen in large groups or small groups. Could it be that a big part of transforming the church is cleaning out our lives? Do we tinker with programs and services because it distracts us from facing the hard reality of our own sin?