Growing Life Groups through D-Groups

April 28, 2017 bill.wilks@me.com
You may call them Life Groups, Growth Groups, or Sunday School Classes. No matter what you call them, there are some important questions to consider. Are your church’s Life Groups reaching new people? Are they reaching those who are lost or unchurched? Are they continually multiplying and reproducing new groups? For many, if not most churches, the answer to these questions is a
Read More

The Joy of Multiplying Disciples

December 9, 2016 bill.wilks@me.com
As a follower of Christ, did you know that disciple-making is a vital part of your spiritual DNA? You are a new creation in Christ. Through the Holy Spirit who lives in you, the new person that you are is genetically hardwired to make and multiply disciples. There is an internal call to follow our Lord’s example
Read More

Discipleship That Cannot Miss

October 29, 2016 bill.wilks@me.com
I have never been very good at playing darts. I hit the wall more than I hit the dartboard and it would take a miracle for me to even come close to hitting the bullseye. Oh well, it is just darts right? A little spackle and paint and the wall will look new again. No
Read More

Hospitality and Living the D-Life

September 8, 2016 bill.wilks@me.com
Having grown up in the southern part of the United States, I’ve been well acquainted with hospitality. People around this part of the world are known for their “southern hospitality.” However, it’s important to understand the biblical meaning of the word. We often think of hospitality as being kind to our neighbors or having friends over for
Read More

Using the D-Life Web App...It's Easy!

July 16, 2016 bill.wilks@me.com
What is the D-Life Web App? It’s a simple tool designed to empower all believers for a lifestyle of discipleship. With it you can make and multiply disciples–anytime and anywhere. The Bible and the D-Life Web App are all you need to lead a discipleship group (D-Group). Let me share how easy it is to use. STEP ONE:
Read More

What Is D-Life?

May 13, 2016 bill.wilks@me.com
WHAT IS D-LIFE?   Living the D-Life means living a lifestyle of discipleship. Think about it. What if you could successfully equip everyone in your ministry to live a lifestyle of discipleship? This is the purpose of D-Life. With D-Life you place at everyone’s fingertips the power to live out the Great Commission–anytime and anywhere. D-Life is an organic, intentional,
Read More

Developing a Culture of Discipleship

April 27, 2016 bill.wilks@me.com
For several years, discipleship in most churches has been program driven. We have had well planned discipleship ministries, but they have not often produced discipleship multiplication. Instead of creating a new program of discipleship, churches around the country are beginning to realize the vital importance of developing a culture of discipleship. A discipleship culture is one where every believer is being equipped
Read More

To Make Disciples You Must Go Fishing

April 25, 2016 bill.wilks@me.com
Jesus said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). What Jesus meant by this is plain and obvious. All who follow Him and become His disciples will in turn make other disciples. That is what followers of Christ do. They make other disciples. Making disciples is our chief purpose in
Read More

Please Kill Your Discipleship Program Now!

April 2, 2016
What is every believer’s supreme purpose in life? All genuine followers of Christ should know the answer to this question. Christ gives our lives purpose and our purpose is clear. According to Jesus Christ, our purpose in life is to make and multiply disciples (Matthew 4:19; 20:18-20). Living the D-Life–a lifetime lifestyle of disciple-making–is not just
Read More

Relationally Speaking about D-Life

March 22, 2016
BY RONDIE WILKS Our Loving God is all about relationships. As we read the Bible in our D-Groups, one chapter a day five days a week,  we walk through many different relationships. The Bible from Genesis to Revelation is about relationships. We start off in Genesis with God creating a relationship with Adam, and then
Read More

D-Life: The Gospel

March 3, 2016
How Can I Know I Will Go To Heaven? (Turn phone to landscape & scroll through the Scriptures) Is there anything or anyone keeping you from accepting the free gift of life in Jesus today? Prayer “Lord, I know I’m a sinner, but I thank You for Your Son, Jesus, who died on the cross for my
Read More

The Ripple Effect of Multiplying Disciples

February 28, 2016
It’s called the ripple effect. It occurs when an object is dropped into a body of water and ever-widening ripples expand across the water. An initially motionless state is interrupted and followed by ripples that expand outwards incrementally. Small and tight at first, the ripples continually widen in a circular pattern covering more and more territory.
Read More

In Discipleship, Repetition Leads to Replication

February 15, 2016
Having raised a family of boys, one who played college football, I’ve watched hundreds of football practices. Most practices are routine and boring. The players on the field do the same things over and over again. Football practice involves repetition, repetition, and repetition. There is a reason for this. When it’s time to play the game
Read More

Discipling People Before They Are Saved

February 7, 2016
Can we begin to disciple people before they are saved? Yes we can. In fact, discipling others before they are saved is one of the most natural and simple ways to lead people to Christ. It is often difficult today to get lost people to attend a church. For this reason it’s important for us to begin discipleship
Read More

5 Major Mistakes Made in Discipleship

December 10, 2015
A famous line from an old country song says, “Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble when your perfect in every way.” The song’s tongue-in-cheek lyrics make us laugh, but also hit us between the eyes. It is often hard to be humble. It’s difficult to admit when we are wrong and to own up to our mistakes. It’s
Read More

Equipping Others for Discipleship

November 24, 2015
As pastors and teachers, we have the world’s most important job. I think we could rightfully say, as goes our job so goes the world. If we do our job well, the world will be a better place. If we fail to do our job, the world will grow darker and darker. It is of first importance to
Read More

Calling All Ladies to D-Life

November 17, 2015
(by Rondie Wilks) Ladies . . . come in here real close. I want to tell you something important. Very important!  I want you to know something–I mean really know how wonderful and special you are. You are absolutely beautiful. Look at me! You are fearfully and wonderfully made. God has a specific amazing plan
Read More

4 Earnest Prayers for Disciple Makers

November 6, 2015
“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few” (Matthew 9:37b). These were the words of our Lord over two thousand years ago. Tragically these words are still true today. The harvest is more plentiful than ever, but the laborers are still far too few. Jesus said, “Pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to
Read More

6 Advantages of Group Discipleship

October 27, 2015
As a person passionately committed to biblical discipleship, I believe that anyone who intentionally disciples another is doing a great work for God. Whether it is through one-on-one discipleship or in a small group, living the D-Life is our supreme purpose. It is the most important thing we can do with our lives. This raises an important question: Is it
Read More

Leaving your Nets to Live the D-Life

October 19, 2015
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a “PRIORITY” is something that is more important than other things and that needs to be done or dealt with first. Everyone has certain priorities. For people of faith, our priorities should line up with the will of God for our lives. No matter your age, it is God’s will for you to live
Read More

Making SPACE for Daily Bible Reading

October 15, 2015
A major goal of D-Life is to lead people to develop a life long habit of daily Bible reading. This alone is life changing. When we lead people to make SPACE in their lives for God’s Word every day, great spiritual growth will occur. According to the Ed Stetzer, President of Lifeway Research, “Christians claim to believe
Read More

Seeing Others through D-Life Eyes

October 8, 2015
Jesus had great eyes. He saw the world differently than others saw it. Matthew tells us, “When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd” (Matthew 9:36). Jesus didn’t just pass by the multitudes; He “saw” them. He wasn’t bothered by
Read More

Living the D-Life is the Endgame

October 6, 2015
The game of chess is a very challenging game. I’ve only played chess a few times, but enough to know it’s a difficult game to master. Recently, I read an interesting article about chess and the endgame. In the game of chess, the endgame is the stage of the game when few pieces are left on the board. It is arguably the
Read More

The D-Life 4G Challenge

October 3, 2015
As a student in elementary school, I recall memorizing the multiplication table. Even as child, I realized that multiplication was different from addition and subtraction. There is power in multiplication. Numbers grow much more quickly through multiplication. This is true for the church. There is great power in multiplication. However, churches often seek to grow through
Read More

The Bible and the D-Life Web Site

October 2, 2015
Imagine hundreds even thousands of youth and adults reading the Bible daily, writing down personal application points, and meeting once a week anytime and anywhere to discuss the Bible. This is happening though D-Life, and the results are amazing. The truth is that daily Bible reading is life-changing. Peter instructed believers saying, “Like newborn infants, long for
Read More

Let's be Real about Discipleship Training

October 2, 2015
Remember the days of Baptist Training Union. It never was a great idea to try to get people back to church an hour before the evening service. It proved to be the least attended program of the church. It was later called Discipleship Training and it was still the least attended program of the church. The name
Read More

The Alabama Baptist Article on D-Life

September 29, 2015
Jennifer Rash is a great editor for “The Alabama Baptist.” She teamed up with Grace Thornton to write a wonderful article on D-Life that was published in “The Alabama Baptist” on July 2, 2015. The article was picked up nationally by the “Baptist Press.” As a result, churches throughout Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, and Texas found
Read More

The Loving Spiritual Accountability of D-Life

September 29, 2015
Living the D-Life involves loving spiritual accountability in the context of a caring relational environment. Spiritual accountability is a major component in living the D-Life. The twelve disciples who followed Jesus saw their lives radically transformed because Jesus held them accountable in their commitments to follow His teachings. Likewise, radical transformation is taking place today in
Read More

Multiplication: The Must and Miracle of D-Life

September 28, 2015
The Kingdom principle of multiplying disciples is one of the most necessary and neglected practices of discipleship in many churches. In 2 Timothy 2:1-7, Paul explained to his young disciple, Timothy, the Kingdom principle of multiplying disciples. 2 Timothy 2:1-7 – You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus,
Read More

Ministry and Evangelism: A Vital part of D-Life

September 28, 2015
We will learn from Jesus that genuine discipleship cannot happen by merely meeting for fellowship and Bible study. On the job training for ministry and evangelism is an essential part of living the D-Life. In Mark 6:7-13, 30-32, Jesus sent His disciples out into the mission field to do the work of ministry and evangelism.
Read More

Discipling Others in Fervent Prayer

September 28, 2015
Few things in life are more needed but more neglected than the power of fervent prayer. If there has ever been a time in the history of the world that every believer in Christ should be praying passionately and fervently, that time is now. Fervent prayer has always preceded great movements of God in the
Read More

How to Facilitate a Great Bible Study

September 28, 2015
Jesus Christ was a great story teller. He taught in parables. When He was alone with His disciples, they would discuss the parables that Jesus told. I’m sure that Jesus was a great facilitator of these discussions. Everyone can learn to facilitate a Bible study. In our D-Groups, a different person should have the opportunity
Read More

Discipleship by Storytelling and Group Discussion

September 28, 2015
Jesus modeled a simple approach of teaching with His disciples. Jesus taught in parables. He kept it simple. He taught His disciples by using storytelling and group discussion. He would tell a parable and, when He was alone with His disciples, they would discuss the story that He told. Storytelling and group discussions are the
Read More

Choosing a D-Group must be Intentional

September 28, 2015
As Jesus began the practice of living the D-Life, His first priority was to call twelve men to live in intimate fellowship with Him and with each other. Intimate fellowship with other believers is a main priority of living the D-Life. It’s hard to overstate the importance of relationships in one’s life. We are greatly
Read More

D-Life: Every Believer's Purpose in Life

September 28, 2015
What is your purpose? Do you know? Many people struggle to discover what their purpose in life is. According to Jesus, it’s one thing. It’s two words—Make Disciples. There are people today who live in leisure and luxury. While spending time at their deluxe beach condo or plush lake house you might hear one say, “I’m
Read More

Equipping College Students for D-Life

September 11, 2015 bradleyisbell
Free at last! That’s the spirit of millions of beautiful young college students heading off to the big “U.” Life at college is all about ballgames, tailgating, frat parties, socials, nightclubs, and no curfews with thousands of pretty people and no parents. Wow! Sounds like fun doesn’t it? Well, there is that thing called the
Read More