These smaller groups can be a place to go deeper and to give and receive support along the journey of following Jesus. There are so many ways the enemy attacks us and tries to distract or hinder us, we all need a "guard" to walk with us!
3 or 4 no more
the Bible is the primary text
the Holy Spirit is the teacher; a facilitator will guide, but all are equal
meet for fellowship/friendship, spiritual encouragement and growth
How it works
Pray about who the Spirit would lead you to meet with
Ask those individuals to consider meeting with you and at least one other person as a "Guard Group"
Commit to meet for 12 weeks, then evaluate if it's a good fit for everyone or if adjustments are needed
Sign a covenant (links to examples below)
Build and agree upon a pattern for your meetings: chat, pray, checkup, study, identity list or goal check, pray
You can use some study guides to help your journey (see below), but the Bible is primary
Be flexible - sometimes as "life happens" you may need to shift to emphasis of a weekly meeting
Each member prays for the salvation of two people who need Jesus
Each member prays about a future "Guard Group" they will lead
When it's time, release members to begin their own "Guard Group" and pray about a new person to invite in.
Doug Morrell's guide to this concept he calls "CORE" discipleship
Study: Chrysalis - Beginner's Guide to Christianity, refresher for the rest of us