“…and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own, assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
What is DnA:
DnA is a ministry designed to help us to practically live out the “one-anothers”. This phrase, interestingly, appears over 100 times in the Bible. For example, “encouraging one another” appears not only in the Hebrews passage above, but also in 1Thessalonians 5:11 and throughout Romans 14. And the stimulating one another in good deeds - said another way, keeping one accountable or away from “bad deeds” – also appears throughout Scriptures including, for example, Romans 15:1-6 and Colossians 3:12-16. As we more and more see the day drawing near during these uncertain times, it becomes even more important to increase how we come together in fellowship, particularly on an individual or one-to-one basis.
“The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” (2Timothy 2:2)
The objectives of DnA are twofold: 1) to facilitate discipleship, and 2) to hold each other accountable to the Word of God. Body life in a congregation takes many forms, but DnA will specifically - as the Hebrews passage says: “stimulate and encourage one another”.
Discipleship: In keeping with the charge of 2Timothy 2:2, D&A is designed to train believers to grow in their relationship with the Lord by equipping them to live Gospel centered lives, and subsequently teaching other believers to do the same. The model is designed to have two members pair together and have regular meetings (over coffee or lunch, or remotely, based on proper protocols), and live out the “one-anothers”. Meetings are anchored by a Bible study, and are supplemented with prayer, and intentional conversations. This helps DnA partners develop a personal relationship with each other and provides a format for the private ministry of God’s Word.
Accountability: With regular meetings over a 10- to 12-week period, DnA partners will also hold each other accountable to: i) the Word of God in their daily walk and, ii) in fellowshipping with each other. DnA partners are their “brother’s keeper” and are expected to be there for each other, committing to regularly arranged meeting times, and investing in each other’s lives.
“…for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the son of God…” (Ephesians 4:12-13a)
What is covered during D&A meetings? Conversations are centered on an agreed upon study of God’s Word, is followed with some time spent in prayer, and is rounded out with intentional conversations around life, its challenges, its victories, and anything the Lord places on your heart to share. The aim is to come alongside each other and “rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.” (Romans 12:15). It is expected that a meaningful amount of time is spent in God’s Word, so working through a study is recommended. DnA partners will agree to read a passage or text, then share observations with each other in order to stimulate a greater understanding of the Word of God. DnA meetings should last about an hour or so, or before the coffee get cold!
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (2Timothy 3:16-17)
How to participate:
- Express interest. Please let the HGC pastor or elder know you are interested in a DnA partner.
- We will make assignments. A mature believer will be paired with someone younger in the faith. DnA partners will be same gender; men with men, and ladies with ladies.
- You do the rest – schedule meetings, (once/week); choose your study; get to know each other.
- Resources are available. We can provide study outlines and templates. Or do your own – it's totally up to you.
- We will also hold you accountable. Pastor and elders are DnA partners themselves, and they will also provide oversight. We will check in periodically to see how meetings are going. If a pairing doesn’t fit, that is ok. We can reassign partners, no problem.