Are you in a small group?
Are you familiar with what a small group is?
If your answer to either question above is ‘no’, we urge you (actually BEG YOU) to keep reading. The information we’re going to share is just THAT important.
Small groups are the essence of fellowship in our Christian walk. When Christians reflect on the core of their spiritual journey, they often cite church, prayer and staying in the word as the top contenders. We’ll argue and add that participation in a small group is just as necessary.
A small group often has 6-18 members and meets weekly for the purpose of spiritual growth, encouragement, accountability, fun and fellowship. Small groups enjoy meals together, pray as a group and plan social activities outside of regular meetings. Many non-profit organizations and community groups have benefited from the efforts of small group service projects. It’s a family that shares, worships, grows and works together.
Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”
Yes, church certainly qualifies as two or more, but there’s a big difference when listening to a sermon in the midst of hundreds or thousands of people, and being an active bible study participant in an intimate setting. Both are vital, but the significance of small group involvement is often understated.
There are groups to meet every age range and interest – college age, adult singles, marrieds with young children, marrieds with adult children. Groups for those who hike or bike. Motorcycle and boating groups. If there isn’t a group that fits your desires, you can always start one. Of course, the size of the church you attend will directly impact the number and variety of groups offered, but with all that’s available, don’t stop until you find exactly what you’re looking for.
Recently we had our small group over for a ‘fire pit’ night. Our previous study ended just before Christmas and since we were on winter break, it had been over three weeks since we’d been together. Needless to say, we were ALL going through withdrawals. Can you imagine that? Usually with families, people joke about dreading the annual get-togethers. We’d only been apart a few weeks and it was already far too long. Thats got to tell ya something!
Everyone brought something to share. There were hot soups, fattening rolls, and delectable desserts. And talk about hugs, laughs and great conversation… Well, let’s just say, there was no shortage to be found!
There’s something incredible that happens when brothers and sisters in Christ come together with the same goal in mind – to grow in Christ and love one another.
Facades fade, trust develops and
lifelong friendships form.
Acts 2:42-47 does an incredible job of detailing the heart of what a small group is all about. The Apostles themselves were, in a sense, a small group, and their witness and teachings served to encourage other small groups to convene as well.
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
We pray that our story inspires you to step out and take a leap of faith.
Find a small group…join that small group…and give it a shot!
We can’t stress enough what a positive,
life-changing decision this will be.
Do you have any questions? Please leave them in the comment section or contact us privately via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d be delighted to point you in the right direction! God Bless you!