This webpage will be updated along with the R3 material available on the Heights App. The changes should be implemented by 4/1/2017.
The Purpose of R3
Andrew Murphy – R3 Pastor
Taking personal risks to bring the gospel to every relationship.
What is an R3 Group?
- An R3 group is a group of 4-6 people, of the same gender, who are committed to live on mission together.
- These groups seek to make disciple-makers by:
- Committing to take one personal risk each meeting (a.k.a. the next step in your walk with Christ)
- Following up on that risk when you show up to the next meeting. (R3 is about our obedience to God).
- Multiplying after 12-18 months – after this time, the group recruit others to join R3, divide into pairs, and become leaders of a new groups. See FAQ “How long should an R3 group continue to keep meeting?” for further explanation.
The Measures: For R3 Group Meetings – Part 1 Only
Click the links below corresponding to the mission measure you are on to access the material for your R3 Group Meeting.
The mission measures serve as a tool to help us evaluate how well we are living on mission. They are deeply rooted in Scripture, but they do not serve as the exhaustive list of commands found in Scripture. These twelve statements below help us to measure our mission by giving us a destination to head towards. They are categorized into three major relationships: with God, with those who know Christ, and with the world that needs Christ. Three relationships is how R3 got its name. By clicking on the links below, you can access a webpage for that particular measure. This webpage contains all the resources you need to run an R3 meeting.
Relationship with God
- I have been & am being transformed by the gospel of Jesus.
- I am confident that my relationship with Christ alone makes me who I am.
- I abide daily with God in His Word & Prayer.
- I seek to be obedient to the Spirit’s prompting.
Relationship with those who know Christ
- I apply the gospel to those closest to me – starting at home.
- I am driven by the gospel to invest in my church family.
- I am following the gospel pattern of equipping disciples who will equip disciples.
- I am experiencing authenticity & accountability with a group of 4-6 people.
Relationship with the world that needs Christ
- I am compelled by the love & imminent return of Christ to live on mission everyday.
- I pray for and serve those who are far from God.
- I take initiative to cultivate relationships for the sake of the gospel.
- I regularly share my story and God’s story.
- Follow up on risk from last meeting.
- Do one of the following:
- Part I
- Watch a video introducing the Mission Measure
- Work through discussion questions and possibly Bible verse(s)
- Part II
- Go through an in-group exercise together.
- Part I
- Develop a new risk to take.
This will take about an hour to an hour and a half to complete, and this is not recommended for groups integrating R3 into something else. So if you boil down R3 to its core, it is all about obedience. Will you study the Bible? Will you pray? Will you have great discussion? The answer is definitely yes to all of these things. Are these things the core purpose of R3? No. If you are not taking risks together and evaluating how those risks go, then you may have had a bible study, but you didn’t have an R3 meeting. Thus, 2 and 4 on the list above are the irreducible contents of an R3 meeting.
- Our hope is not in this world, but our hope is in our home in Heaven with God. This world is full of hopeless and homeless people who don’t know Christ. Our goal is to make the party in heaven as big as possible through the Spirit’s power. Think of how your small group has absolutely stabilized your life and blessed your ministry. Now imagine you never had that. The church is full of people who have never had this kind of loving church family. We cannot keep this light to ourselves. When we share it with others, they too share it, and the gospel is propelled! Jesus raised the disciples and they split. Barnabas did it with Paul. Paul did it with Timothy. Spiritual multiplication is the gospel pattern. The feeling of sadness of losing a great group will be swallowed up by the first 50 million years you get together in heaven and by the faces of those who wouldn’t be there had you not raised up disciples.
- R3 is the only thing in our church that splits up in this manner. We absolutely understand the need for long-term community. You will still see your closest friends on Sunday in Bible Fellowship. Once every two weeks or once a month is not an intensive time commitment, and it still leaves room for meeting with old group mates.
A Crossroad is a focused area of life, where you naturally spend a significant amount of time. Our hope is to see every Heights member, engaging in their Crossroad and leveraging opportunities to engage with those who need Christ.
- Justice Works
giving a voice to those who are marginalized in our community.
- My Kids World
cultivating relationships with those involved in your children’s extracurriculars.
- Park Central
engaging with the families that live and work in an area south of The Heights, that is largely first generation, Hispanic-Americans.
- UTD / International Students
stepping out to serve the foreign student who is new to the United States.
- Where I Live
initiating relationships with those that live closet to us.
- Where I Work
reaching out to those you interact with on a regular basis in your work environment.
You can find a more robust discussion of Crossroads here: http://www.theheights.org/live-on-mission/.
Becoming a Leader
The goal of R3 is to make disciples who will make disciples. Our heart and prayer is that everyone who takes part in an R3 group would turn around and lead an R3 group for someone else. If you are interested in becoming an R3 Leader, please email Andrew Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org. To see the expectations for becoming an R3 Leader, please click the link below.