What elements need to be in place to help a group of people be more like Jesus?
Here's my short list:
- The Bible. Somehow, someway, we must get people into God's word. Regularly. We need Scripture to understand God and His story as well as to see what Jesus was like.
- Real-ness. If people aren't willing to talk about what is really going on in their lives, both the joys and the struggles, it will be difficult to get them growing to be more like Jesus in every area of their lives. (I think most accountability questions are trying to get here, but the questions aren't the goal. Brutal honesty about where we need to improve to be more like Jesus is the goal.)
- Outward focus. A disciple who never thinks of others to invest in or witness to is not a very Jesus-like disciple.
- Prayer. Prayer for others and with others.
Too simple? Too complicated? What do you think?