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As Christ turned form proclamation to teaching, those who followed Him became known as disciples, which simply means “learners.”  Although Christ often taught large groups of people, the very center and heart of  His approach was the involvement and interaction of the small group of twelve disciples.  This, in a sense, was Christ’s “Core Group.”  The entire ministry of Christ revolves around this group.  His basic method was discipleship.  Why?  Because this was the pattern which Christ expected the disciples to use to start the Church.  Christ was very explicit about it in His last instructions to them in Matthew 28:18-20:


And Jesus came up and spoke to them saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”


The pattern that God chose to begin the church was the method of discipleship worked out primarily in a small group.  This same pattern was intended to become the method of the early New Testament Church.  Within this basic method, many principles can be seen.  At least four of them are significant as an introduction to Biblical group dynamics.


The first principle that our Lord used was the principle of quality, not quantity.  A careful study of the Gospels reveals that the major ministry Jesus Christ sustained was not to the multitude.  The concentration was on a handful of men who could personally grow.  Christ forsook a ministry to the multitude in order to sustain a ministry to a group of men simply because He knew that quality developed quantity.  God’s plan was to reach the world.  The question is:  How do you reach the world?  The answer is by building qualitatively into the lives of a few.


Christ’s concern is not a matter of question -- He died for the world.  The question is:  How do you reach a world?  Jesus said and did a work in the lives of a few.  In the light of this principle of quality, not quantity, the Christian’s responsibility becomes crystal clear.  The measure of a ministry is not how many, but what kind of relationships we sustain.


The second principle is to employ the method of multiplication, not addition.  As soon as we have licked the battle of concentration on deep and lasting relationships with a few individuals, the second principle comes into play.  It is basic spiritual mathematics that it is better to multiply quality than to add quantity.  Christ conceived of each man as a center of reproducing ministry.  Whenever you build qualitatively into the life of one man, you start a process that never ends.  That’s what makes it sobering.  The largest responsibility in the whole world rests on a man working with a small group of people.  2 Timothy 2:2 is simply a Pauline expression of a Christological principle.  “And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.”  This is a very clear statement of the principle of multiplication and an indication of how hugely infected the apostle Paul was with the mentality of Christ.

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