Here’s a blog entry from my friend, David Garda, of Cadre Ministries. You can view his blog here. I’m enjoying learning about the relational components of disciplemaking, it’s affirming to know that I can do what God wants by intentionally learning with my friends. -B

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HAVER: Friendship Taken To New Levels

HAVER in Hebrew: Literally: friend. The practice of grappling in twos or threes over the application of Scripture and doing life together.

Both men and women wrestled together in disciplemaking friendships during the First Century. The female version of the word is “haverah.”

A disciplemaking learning community (in hebrew=havruta) supports these friendships. This was the standard learning style and practice for the education of students ages 12-17 in the educational structure of villages such as Capernaeum where Jesus lived after moving from Nazareth. The adults of the community were welcome to join in the learning community (bet midrash, house of learning) with students whenever their jobs or life allowed them the freedom.

The preferred way to support a D3 lifestyle is through the mutual community of friendships (Hebrew: haver) linked in a disciplemaking learning community.

Haver: Hebrew (ha· ver) friend; comrade; companion.

“Pairs or small groups grapple together aloud over a text, earnest in their desire to dig deeper. This tradition is ancient – a rabbinic comment was made before Jesus’ time that you should ‘get yourself a haver,’ a study partner.” (Sitting At The Feet of Rabbi Jesus, Zondervan)

Haverim: Hebrew (ha· ver· im) learning as friends, together. A learning method where faith instruction is passed by the teacher to groups of 2-5 students who wrestle content as friends for both understanding and application in life, together.

See Proverbs 18:24, 12:26, 17:17, 27:6, 27:10; John 15:13, 15; Ecclesiastes 4:12

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