A “Group of 3” (G3) is not a Bible Study group. A G3 is three grad students who join together to discuss and explore in a more personal and in-depth way their own spiritual growth and living an authentic Christian life while in grad school — and encourage each other to live with a missional mindset.
Colossians 2:6-7 says, “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” A Group of 3 can help you become firmly rooted and built up in your biblical understandings so you are well-established in your faith. Most believers never have established a firm foundation for living an authentic Christian life and muddle along, often facing a “crisis of faith” in times of challenge or hardship (sometimes called “grad school”).
Each G3 sets up their own time to meet, usually for 45-55 minutes once a week or maybe every other week. They might choose to meet an early morning, or for lunch together, or between classes, or possibly later one evening.
Most G3 use the GradCru “Firm Foundations” guided conversations materials to give them direction and focus their discussions. Some G3 may intersperse their own additional topics, share more from their own lives, or spend longer time in prayer together. In other words, there’s no standard format; set up your G3 so it’s most helpful to your group. The “Firm Foundation” topics are:
• Being New in Christ • Fellowship with God • An Authentic (Spirit-led) Christian Life • Confronting Temptation • Spiritual Formation • Prayer • Scripture • Community • Ministry • Ambassadors for Christ • Telling Your Story • Theology of the Gospel • Eternal Perspective • Discerning God’s Will • Dry Times • Pain and Suffering • Purity • Integrated Life • Go Anywhere • Finishing Well •
Each of the Firm Foundation materials provide 8-10 questions that your G3 can discuss. There are a few verses to consider and usually a graphic illustration to visually present the main idea (which is great if you’re a visual learner). Plus, some additional material for further thought and reflection on your own.
Complete the information below so inquire about joining/starting a G3. If you have friends who want to be in a G3 with you, indicate their names in your comments. Prayerfully you can get started soon!