Life Transformation Groups
Here is a Description of LTG’s
What is a LTG?
The LTG is a grassroots/organic concept that empowers “ordinary” Christians to become disciple-makers. The LTG releases the simple, yet essential, elements that are vital for true spiritual change and growth into the lives of people who desperately need Jesus—reading Scripture, praying, and confessing our deepest struggles and sins with people we can trust. The LTG leverages the power of real relationships for accountability and fuels internal motivation through the Word of God rather than employing external, programmatic pressures and tactics.
What is done in a LTG?
As Proverbs 27:17 illustrates, we need other people. Mutual accountability is the “glue” that holds the group together. The group meets once a week for about an hour, and has no “official” leader. There is no curriculum, workbooks, or prior training needed or involved. Three simple tasks are accomplished each week:
- Sin is confessed within this mutual, accountable, and safe relationship.
- Scripture is read repetitively in context throughout the week. (15-30 chapters)
- Souls are prayed for strategically, specifically, and continuously.
The ultimate goals of the LTG are 1) to see lives transformed by the power of God’s Word internalized and applied and 2) to multiply the group into many other groups over time.
Who can you meet in a LTG?
The groups are not co-ed, but are gender specific. The group is normally limited to two or three in order to increase confidentiality make it easier to schedule the meeting time, and to encourage multiplication. The addition of a fourth person in the process is considered the beginning of the next group. In other words, whereas there was one group of three, now there are two groups of two that seek to add one more person each.
How is accountability maintained?
Accountability is maintained through open character conversations within the weekly meeting using 11 very pointed and straightforward questions. (There are several other versions of accountability questions that may be more suitable to specific groups. Ask Pastor Dan if you would like to see them). Each person shares answers openly and honestly within the safe environment of the group, which commits itself to honesty, vulnerability, confidentiality, and grace.
The questions are:
Have you been a testimony this week to the greatness of Jesus Christ with both your words and actions?
Have you been exposed to sexually alluring material or allowed your mind to entertain inappropriate sexual thoughts about another this week?
Have you lacked integrity in your financial dealings or coveted something that does not belong to you?
Have you been honoring, understanding and generous in your important relationships this week?
Have you damaged another person by your words, either behind their backs or face to face?
Have you given in to an addictive behavior this past week? Explain.
Have you continued to remain angry toward another?
Have you secretly wished for another’s misfortune?
_______________________________________ (Your personalized accountability question.)
Did you finish the reading and hear from God? What are you going to do about it?
Have you been completely honest with me?
Many people fear this part and will stubbornly turn away. Let us offer some important Scripture on this. Proverbs 28:13 says, People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy. (NLT)
Confession is not to be taken lightly. Now, you may say, “I will confess to God, but my sin is no body else’s business.” Okay, yes, we must first confess to God. 1 John 1:9 says, If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. (NLT)
We confess our sin to God in order to receive forgiveness and cleansing. But don’t bypass James 5:16,
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. (NLT)
We need healing. We need mutual accountability through confession. We need someone in which we can confess your secrets. We all need forgiveness, cleansing, and healing to experience real life transformation! An LTG can offer you the context to find freedom from the sin that will ultimately destroy your life.
What do you read?
THE BIBLE! This process doesn’t use lesson books, outlines, imposed structures, or a program. We believe the Holy Spirit is the best teacher of all and the Inspired Word of God is the best book to study. Each week the group decides what to read in the Bible. It is strongly suggested that the reading be at least 20-30 chapters per week. Beginners may want to start with smaller portions to build confidence and hunger. If everyone in the group doesn’t finish the reading for the week, then the same passage is read the next week until everyone finishes the selected reading within one week. The group can also chose to read the passage a second or third week any time they feel led to do so. The point is to read large portions of Scripture in context with repetition. The following could be some examples of weekly readings:
The book of Jonah (4 chapters) – Read 5 times within the week.
The book of Romans (16 chapters) – Read 2 times within the week.
The book of Proverbs (31 chapters) – Read 1 time within the week.
Here is a suggestion for how your group might decide how much reading to do each week:
The first time you meet select the book of the Bible you wish to read. Then agree on how much time each day you will spend reading. For example, you group might decide to read each day for 15 minutes. At the end of the week determine how much reading each group member can accomplish in 15 minutes a day. It would be a good idea to set a stretch goal. Most people can read 15 – 30 chapters a week if they read 15 minutes a day.
Ultimately, it is not so much what you read, it is that you read and listen for God to speak through His Word into your life situation. Each week, each person will have the opportunity to share what God has revealed to them through Scripture. This process trusts that the Holy Spirit of God will lead you into all Truth (John 16:13) as you read His inspired Word.
Who do you pray for?
Other people that are in desperate need of Jesus! Everyone should know someone by name that needs a relationship with Jesus Christ. Each person in the group brings 2 to 3 names to the group. Everyone prays for each person everyday of the week. The hope is that you will have the opportunity to share Christ with those whom you are praying for everyday. When that person is open to joining your LTG, you have begun the process of multiplication!
Suggestions for Getting Started
Individuals forming a group might chose to commit to an LTG for a specified time, or they may simply start the group and see where God takes them. Some groups may last 3 months, some may last 2 years. The success of an LTG depends on the level of trust developed between the participants. Absolute commitment to confidentiality will allow for sharing, accountability, intimacy, and true-life transformation.
LTG’s are led by the Holy Spirit. Members of a LGT take turns facilitating the questions each week. If you are interested in participating in a group, you have two options. You can begin your own group by asking one or two others to join you, or you can contact Pastor Steve (firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-878-0266) and he will help you get connected to a group.
You don’t need permission to start a group, but we would like to keep track of who is involved in LTG’s, so please let us know if you start your own group.
- How have you sensed God’s presence in your life during this past week?
- Have you received a specific answer to your prayers? What was it?
- Have you spoken with a non-believer about your faith in Jesus Christ? With whom?
- To whom have you shown God’s love during this past week?
- What have you learned about God in your personal Bible reading this past week?
- As a result of your Bible reading this past week, how have you determined to better obey God?
- Specifically, what area of your life do you feel that God most wants to change? Have you taken specific steps to make those changes?
- What good habit do you feel God wants to form in your life? Have you taken specific steps to develop that habit?
- How have your actions and words shown others that you love Jesus?
- How have you been respectful to your parents and the adults around you this week?
- How have you loved others even when you didn’t feel like it?
- In what ways have you been angry or frustrated this week because you didn’t get something that you wanted or didn’t get your way?
- How have you seen God answer your prayers this past week?
- In what ways have you taken anything that does not belong to you this week?
- In what ways have you not told the truth this week?
- In what ways have you been mean to others this week?
- In what ways have you not completed the responsibilities you have been given?
- Have you finished your Bible reading? What did you learn?
- What is the condition of your soul?
- What sin do you need to confess?
- What have you held back from God that you need to surrender?
- Is there anything that has dampened your zeal for Christ?
- Who have you talked with about Christ this week?
- What worries or other issues are you currently facing?
- Is there an area that God is working on in your life or any sin that you would like to pray about?
- For what non-Christian friends can we pray?
- In your reading of the Bible: Who is God? What does He expect of you? What do you think He is saying to you? How do you think you should respond?
- What is God telling you to do?
- What are you going to do about it?