Twos and Threes
Twos and Threes
Chapter 2 - How Twos and Threes works
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. (Matthew 18:20, emphasis mine)
In this verse, Jesus states the main building block of Christian fellowship and friendships - which is when two or three gather in His name.
In various 1-to-many settings this verse is often misquoted by the 1 to say "two or more" instead of its correct form of "two or three". We will explore the reason for this misquote in the next chapter where we will look at the historic shift that caused the 1-to-many model to often upstage the primary focus upon 2s-and- 3s. But in this chapter we will explore how 2s -and-3s fellowship works - including why it is so incredibly valuable and what Jesus is wonderfully bringing about through it!
Overall, Jesus has designed 2s-and-3s to be an integral and significant part of His freeing each of us to function as He has created us to function - which is for each of us to have wonderful friendships of agape love with Him and each other.
So if the Son sets you free , you will be free indeed. (John 8:36, emphasis mine)
One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?" "The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. ' The second is this: ' Love your neighbor as yourself. ' There is no commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:28-31, emphasis mine)
I (Jesus) no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends , for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15, emphasis mine)
So, how does Jesus use 2s-and-3s in this process?
The following four steps show how this works . These steps use a group of 3 as an example, with you being 1 of the 3. The same would hold true if it was a group of 2 instead of 3.
Step 1: Jesus works continually in you through His Holy Spirit to both filter and enhance the data coming into you via your senses by giving you a sense of what is best for you to reject, and to give you insights into those things that are best for you to receive.
But when he, the (Holy) Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. (John 16:13a)
For example, when you hear someone speaking you may sense that something is not quite right in what they are saying and therefore it is best to not receive it - hence filtering the data coming into you . Or when someone shares something with you, something might stand out to you as the Holy Spirit gives you insights into it - hence the enhancing of the data coming into you.
Step 2: As you meet with two others, you are now in a 2s-and-3s. The Holy Spirit will work in your mind and heart, and will help you to share your heart with the other two people.
Step 3: As the other two people listen to you share, the Holy Spirit will work in both of them to filter and enhance what you have shared with them so as to uniquely tailor it to each of their lives.
Step 4: The ball of fellowship rolls along as the Holy Spirit helps each person to share their heart with the other two, and the Holy Spirit also filters and enhances the data going into each person.
Overall, if this 4-step process is working well, each person will be en