Cell churches raise their level of adaptive competence by working diligently in all three kinds of grace.

Section Two: Grace and Evangelism


A. There are three kinds of Grace.[1] Cell churches raise their level of adaptive competence by working diligently in all three kinds of grace.

                                    Prevenient                ♡                Sanctifying


            Prevenient Grace is God working to bring people to Christ; it’s about going and making disciples (Matthew 28:19).

            Justifying Grace is God making a person a Christian (Romans 3:24, 5:1, 10:9-10).

            Sanctifying Grace is God working to mature people in Christ; it’s about teaching disciples to observe all that Christ has commanded (Matthew 28:20).

B. Disciple making small groups cooperate with God in God’s work for both Prevenient and Sanctifying Grace. When churches utilize small groups, their purpose often focuses only on work in sanctifying grace; this limits the making of new disciples. The Great Commission commands cooperation with God in both prevenient and sanctifying grace.





[1] The quote is a selection from David O. Kueker’s Fuller Seminary Doctor of Ministry project submitted in September, 2007, entitled Diagnosis, Dialogue, and Decision: A Threefold Process of Revitalization For the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.
It is shared here in recognition of its 12th Anniversary along with comments to update and provide perspective on the material. The original project was a Training Manual/Study Guide of three Seminars supported by three chapters of research and an Introduction. The material is available for download at www.disciplewalk.com/Resources.html. In 2009 it was provided for purchase as a softcover book entitled Designing Discipleship Systems: Christian Disciple Making For Any Size Church, Any Theology through CreateSpace.com.

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All Scripture quotations are from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Please review the page How and Why We Use Quotes.

[1]Harriet Jane Olson, ed., Distinctive Wesleyan Emphases, http://archives.umc.org/ interior.asp?mid=1812 (accessed June 15, 2007).

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