Did you know September is Join a Small Group month? Woo hoo! Let the celebrations begin!
Ok, ok, ok. You got me. It’s not. But here at the ChurchMedia Blog, we recognize how vital the role of small groups play in the life of the church and the life of the individual believer. God did not create us to be loners. He did not create us to go through life alone.
Look at the following verses. Can you see the point?
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” – Genesis 1:26 (emphasis mine)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. – John 1:1-2 (emphasis mine)
How else can we explain the 50+ “one-another” verses we find scattered through the New Testament? God has called us to go through this life together, supporting one another, serving one another, loving one another, caring for one another, and so on. So this is a perfect time to really place an emphasis on small groups and challenge the congregations to take part.
Let me also offer a word of encouragement. When you promote small groups, don’t just promote them as an option for anyone who is interested. Challenge people to join a group. Place a strong call on their lives to join a group. Lay out all of the reasons you can think of as to why they would not join a small group, and then counter them with why it is even more detrimental to go through life withOUT a small group. Don’t settle for people blowing off small groups due to a lack of time, fear, shyness, etc. Exhort them to take a step of faith and join a small group.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. – Acts 2:42-47
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. – John 13:34-35
Here’s a great mini movie by Hyper Pixels Media that will be perfect to promote your churches Small Groups. I’ve also included a link to some sermons that could be useful to think through on the importance and Scriptural basis for Small Groups.
Join a Group Today by Hyper Pixels Media
Small Groups by Zach Terry
You Were Made for This! – Topical Sermon on Small Groups by Brian Fletcher