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At Victory, discipleship happens primarily in small groups called Victory groups. These groups are designed to help disciples grow spiritually, so if you aren’t part of a Victory group, we would like to invite you to join one and jump-start your walk with God.

A Victory group meeting has three sections: Connect, Word, and Prayer, and ideally lasts from forty to sixty minutes.

CONNECT (5-10 minutes)
Victory group meetings begin with a time to relate with one another. Depending on the people who comprise the group, this can be done through a variety of ways:

  • Fun—such as an icebreaker activity
  • Answered prayers—sharing of testimonies and updates
  • Questions—such as those provided in the material, learning each other’s personal stories, and sharing feedback from the weekly messageEffective Questions During the Connect Portion

    •  Are deliberately friendly to first-timers
    •  Ask for opinion or experiences
    •  Require no Bible knowledge
    •  Have no right or wrong answer
    •  Are not controversial
    •  Are preferably connected to the meeting’s topic

WORD (20-30 minutes)
Teach the truth and relevance of God’s Word for life application. The Victory group meeting is not primarily a Bible study. Although teaching and explanation of Scripture is involved, the goal is to minister, not finish a material.

There is no need teach all the points in a material.

Within this section, we look at what the Bible says, its relevance to us today, and its application in our lives.

What: What does the Bible say?
Communicate and impart biblical truth clearly and concisely

“16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16,17

Tips for Sharing the Word Effectively

  • Let the Bible speak for itself.
  • Use illustrations and tell stories to explain Bible verses.
  • When entertaining clarifications, be watchful not to allow the discussion to go off-tangent.
  • The primary goal is to minister to the needs of the people, not to finish a Bible lesson.
  • Be led by the Spirit when using the material.

So What: What is the relevance of the Word to my life?

Give participants the opportunity to discuss how the Word impacts the way they live.

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:2

Now What: How do I apply the Word to my life?
Our primary reason for sharing the Bible is so that people will know who God is and what He has done. In doing so, the participants will begin to discover who they are and what they should do.

  • If it is a promise, teach them to claim it. If it is a command or a principle, encourage them to put it to action by God’s grace. If it is a truth, let them embrace it willingly and not under compulsion. Allow God’s grace and love to win them by the way you teach God’s Word.
  • Encourage specific, measurable action steps that are consistent with the life change that the Scripture is bringing about. We do not command people, but we spur them on toward love and good deeds.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. – James 1:22

Tips for Life-Changing Application

  • You may choose one of the “So What” and “Now What” questions or you may add your own.
  • An effective standby application question is: “What one action step are you going to take as a result of what you heard today?”
  • Designate who will be the first to answer the question asked.
  • Do not allow someone to argue or be critical of others.
  • Remind everyone to apply the lesson to their own lives, not to someone else’s.
  • Ask God for wisdom to know when to balance or correct strange or unbiblical applications. Insensitive correction or criticism can kill the group, as can unchecked heresy.
  • Remind everyone that transformation is God’s work, not ours, and our obedience is a response to who He is and His love for us. It is God’s grace that enables us to apply and obey His Word.

PRAY (15-20 minutes)
Prayer is the most important part of the Victory group meeting. make sure you have plenty of time left so your prayer time is not rushed. This is not a “closing prayer,” but a time for everyone in the group to take specific requests to God. This is where the action is. The goal is to create a venue where people will see God move on their behalf.

Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.” – Matthew 18:19

Tips for Powerful Prayer

  • Listen to the Holy Spirit carefully during the Connect and Word sections for things that may need prayer.
  • Spend your time praying for one another, not sharing and discussing prayer requests.
  • Keep your prayers simple, sincere, and short. most non-believers have never heard an ordinary Christian just talk to God and will be touched by the sincerity and simplicity of the prayer.
  • Pray, don’t preach. Pray in simple and short sentences, not long “sermon prayers.”
  • Use conversational prayer, not complicated or profound, intercessory prayer.
  • Expect God to answer your prayers.