Getting Started

DiscipleLink is designed to guide you in creating and maintaining a Discipleship Group.

HOW TO USE DISCIPLELINK

Use the MENU in the top right to access the various sections of DiscipleLink.

  • Activity
  • Journals
  • Groups
  • Bible Reader
  • Getting Started (this page)
  • Terms of Use

ACTIVITY

This section is the main feed of activity for you and the other members of your Groups. You will find a running feed of Journals, Comments and other activity within the app. You can quickly navigate to read a post or comment by clicking on the item in the feed.

JOURNALS

This section will allow you to view existing Journal entries for you or the other members of your group. In addition, you can click on the ""Create Journal"" button to start a new Journal. Journals can either be freeform or use the HEAR format described below.

GROUPS

This section will show what Groups you belong to and if you are a leader, allow you to invite others to that Group. In addition, this section will list the members of your group and allow you to add a description if you want.

BIBLE READER

The simple Bible Reader has several version of the Word available. New versions will be added soon. The Bible Reader is also incorporated into the Journal so that you can reference scriptures when creating Journal entries.

WHAT IS A DISCIPLESHIP GROUP?

A Discipleship Group is a closed, gender-specific group of 3-5 believers who meet weekly for a season of accelerated spiritual growth and then replicate into multiple new Discipleship Groups. DiscipleLink was built to support Discipleship Groups. Your church may refer to these groups as D-Groups.

EXPECTATIONS

You will become a F.A.I.T.H. believer:

  • Faithful
    • Available
      • Intentional
        • Teachable
          • Hungry for the Word

You will be dedicated, trustworthy, and committed.
You will be faithful in your church attendance and your service to your church.
The group has five key disciplines that each member focuses weekly on in their personal life:

  • Reading the Bible through the daily reading plan
  • Writing and sharing five weekly H.E.A.R. Journal entries (learn more)
  • Engaging in mutual accountability, intentional conversations, and confidentiality with their group members
  • Memorizing and meditating on scripture together
  • Praying for each other

PURPOSE OF A H.E.A.R. JOURNAL

The acronym H.E.A.R. stands for Highlight, Explain, Apply, and Respond. Each of these four steps contributes to creating an atmosphere to hear God speak. After settling on a reading plan and establishing a time for studying God’s Word, you will be ready to H.E.A.R. from God. The H.E.A.R. journaling method promotes reading the Bible with a life-transforming purpose. Your purpose will be to read in order to understand and respond to God’s Word.

HOW DO I COMPLETE A H.E.A.R. JOURNAL

H Highlight

In the course of your reading, one or two verses will usually stand out and speak to you. After reading the passage of Scripture, HIGHLIGHT each verse that speaks to you by copying it under the letter "H". Write out the following: The name of the book, the passage of Scripture, the chapter and verse numbers that especially speak to you, and a title to describe the passage.

E Explain

At this stage, you will EXPLAIN what the text means. By asking some simple questions, with the help of God’s Spirit, you can understand the meaning of a passage or verse. Here are a few questions to get you started: Why was this written? To whom was it originally written? How does it fit with the verses before and after it? Why did the Holy Spirit include this passage in the book? What is He intending to communicate through this text?

A Apply

APPLY is the heart of the process. Everything you have done so far culminates under this heading. As you have done before, answer a series of questions to uncover the significance of these verses to you personally, questions like: How can this help me? What does this mean today? What would the application of this verse look like in my life? What does this mean to me? What is God saying to me? These questions bridge the gap between the ancient world and your world today. They provide a way for God to speak to you from the specific passage or verse. Challenge yourself to write between two and five sentences about how the text applies to your life.

R Respond

This is the last part of the HEAR Journal. RESPOND by writing out a prayer to God. For example, you may ask God to help you to be more loving, or to give you a desire to be more generous in your giving. Keep in mind that this is your response to what you have just read.