Today's activity – Write down your class's "family tree".
Could you find them? Here they are: Generation 1, Paul; Generation 2, Timothy; Generation 3, faithful men; Generation 4, others. Using your Bible knowledge, you could add a fifth generation, and that would be Paul's mentor… Barnabas!
Discipleship requires us to build generations of people who will carry on the ministry of the gospel. The old adage that Christianity is only one generation from extinction is true! Failing to disciple the people in our groups will only result in a weakened, and eventually nonexistant church.
Your class or group did not appear out of nowhere. Someone stepped out in faith and started the class you lead now (it might have even been you!). The question becomes, where are your class's "children and grandchildren"? Has your group started a new group? If so, how many? Take a sheet of paper and write or draw your Bible study group's family tree.
You need to share this information with your group. I want to encourage you to write your group's family tree on the whiteboard over the next week or two, and discuss it with your group. Where did your group originate? What is your group's plans to begin a new group? Who are you preparing to become leaders?