11.28.2017 | by Patrick Voelker, Executive Administrator
We have begun to explore what it means to Discover Jesus. Today let’s take a look at the perspectives or positions from which we approach Jesus. We said that everything we are talking about is a journey of faith. And as in any journey, we need to take steps to move toward our destination. One of those steps is connecting in community with others.
In October, Pastor Dave here at River of Life was preaching about Connect. One of the things he said is that what we do on Sunday’s is in rows, but that does not allow connection. Connecting with others happens in circles. That is why we are stressing that Small Groups are the way we at River of Life connect with others. It’s certainly not the only way we can connect, but it is an important step in our journey and as we do life together on that journey.
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Connect remember is; Connect to Others – “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11. Here the apostle Paul in the early church of the first century is encouraging the Jesus followers to continue to encourage each other and build each other up. This doesn’t happen in rows. It happens in circles as we live life together. That means we know each other. More specifically, when we talk, we talk about life’s issues, problems, joys, sorrows, wins, and losses; not the weather, or the Vikings, or the Wild, or local High School sports, etc.
We press into life in our small groups by following these principles:
- Discipleship: studying how to put faith into action
- Accountability: asking each other the hard questions
- Service: serving 1st on Sunday/Wednesday and then in our communities
- Outreach: witnessing in our neighborhoods, inviting in those who don’t know Jesus
- Always have open space available for at least 2 new members
- Caring: taking care of each other through life’s difficulties
- Equip: coaching group members to lead a small group
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Perhaps you are struggling with some aspect of your life, work, relationships, purpose, etc. anything that is keeping you from a full and satisfying life. Jesus said: “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10) Sometimes this is translated; “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” or “My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”
If we are all on a journey of faith, part of attaining a full, satisfying life, is through Jesus; and as we follow Him in small groups. Jesus was always connecting with people in small groups. Yes, He spoke to large groups, thousands at a time, but significant life change happened when people were in small groups with Him. And thankfully, this many times involved food, which is always great to have when we get together in small groups.
The opportunity to connect at a much deeper level with people is what small groups is all about and why small groups are so rewarding and enjoyable. Together, we can study the bible, pray together, laugh together, eat together, hold each other accountable for how we are living our lives, serve together, talk with others about Jesus, care for each other when life is tough or throws someone a curve, and we call each other up, in our faith, in our families, at work, to lead.
Not in a small group. I encourage you to find one now and let it help you enjoy a full life. If you’re in a small group, make room for more people, bring others in to your group today!