I'm sure you might be asking yourself what is a Triad?
Well Triads are groups of three people desiring to become devoted disciples of Jesus Christ committed to meeting weekly and taking an oath of belonging to one another for one year.
While in the groups of three, individuals focus on believing through transparent relationships that hold one another accountable as one engages the truth of Scripture and inspiration from Christian readings.
The purpose of Triads is to create an atmosphere of becoming... becoming followers of Jesus through transparent, truthful, and accountable relationships for the multiplication of the body of Christ.
There are several reasons to join:
1. Deeper Belonging
One-third of Americans admit to loneliness. With so much individualism many find themselves isolated and while it may seem safe, it's harmful. Scripture says that it's not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2:18). God created us for communal living and a Triad is a good place to begin to experience his purpose. This is an opportunity to listen to others, share concerns, doubts, encouragement, tears, joys, and love others without criticism or condemnation.
2. Honesty is the best policy:
A Triad provides an atmosphere saturated with grace and mercy in order for members to share the contents of their hearts. Participants can confess honestly and fearlessly without the worry of rejection and ridicule knowing that no matter what comes out - that they will be loved by God and fellow Triad members. Furthermore, a Triad lends itself to develop trust to share current struggles as members work out their salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12b). The Triad also assists members in exploring deeper longings that they didn't know existed and resolving areas that may cause current inner conflicts.
3. Discover your purpose:
As connections and trust are built, Triad members have the opportunity to test their spiritual gifts and unique talents. Meetings will allow for times of discussion to test God's will for members' lives (Romans 12:2). As the questions are asked and potential answers are provided, participants can share what they're learning and can dream together their potential impact for the Kingdom. Christ never intended for everyone to do all the work individually. Instead, as each one does his or her part, the body grows and is built up, and the work of God gets done (Ephesians 4:16).
4. Real people, real commitment:
Scripture points out that the early Christians "devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer" (Acts 2:42) and that "every day they continued to meet together" (Acts 2:46). We're not asking individuals to meet daily but a weekly meeting will be beneficial. A commitment to a triad promotes the development of loyalty enhancing the growth and stability of authentic Christian relationships. As Hebrews 10:25 says, "let us not give up on meeting together" (Hebrews 10:25).
5. Learning to love God and others
Scripture tells us to "love the Lord your God with all your hear and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind" and "love your neighbor as yourself" (Luke 10:27). As participants learn to love God and others, members will find meaning, significance, and contentment. Participants will begin to deeply care and desire to walk alongside each other and be a part of their lives, understanding the importance focusing on "the interest of others" (Phillipians 2:4b).
***Portions adapted by Dan Davidson, Randy Frazee, and Nate Larkin
For more information, contact Pastor Chris at 256-3556 or barstowchurch[at]gmail[dot]com