From The Pastor
SMALL GROUPS. We’ve always known them as Sunday School classes. Some churches refer to them as Community Groups or Connection Groups. They go by lots of names these days, but regardless of what you call them, they are very important to the life of any church.
Small groups provide DEEP CONNECTIONS. Having deep relationships with a few people is an important part of our lives. That is especially true in our spiritual growth. We were never intended to live our Christian lives on our own. We were created for community and for a follower of Christ, the church is where we should find our deepest relationships. We do life together. We watch each other walk out our faith. We learn from one another. We love and serve and encourage and pray for one another.
Small groups provide opportunity for FOCUSED BIBLE STUDY. In a small group (or Sunday School class if you prefer), we can study the Bible in a way that stresses application to our situation in life. That is why we tend to organize small groups by age or life situation so that kind of focused Bible study can happen more easily and naturally. Committed teachers share what they have learned and facilitate conversation so we learn from each other.
Small groups provide an organizational structure where MINISTRY can happen more effectively. No matter how big a church is, it can be easy to get lost in a crowd. The larger a church is, the more easily that can happen. When that happens, needs are often unknown and may go unaddressed. In a small group, the chances of that happening go down. People know one another and ministry happens.
Small groups become a platform that allows believers to be ON MISSION together. Small groups can support missionaries, adopt church planters, engage in service projects outside the church, or volunteer as a group to help a local ministry. There are many ways small groups can be on mission together.
I tell you all of that because small groups are the heart and soul of any effective church family. They can be intimidating to some who would prefer not to be known. They can be messy as we get involved in each other’s lives. Like any other family or organization, they can be awkward at times. But they are also wonderful. They become family. They bless our lives in so many ways.
If you are not connected to and faithfully attending a small group, don’t you think its time? Take a step. Be willing to risk knowing and being known for the glory of God and your own spiritual growth. You will be glad you did.
Bro. John Brock