Andy and I talk about small groups at Starbucks last week.   I posted this last week, but re-posted it because of problems with updating this site (I won’t get into that, but it seems everything is working fine!).

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2 Comments on Small Groups Are Important

  1. Tim O says:

    I will tell ya I have been in and out of church meaning I attended regularly, actively participated and my life was good, less stress, life just seemed to flow smoother than those times in my life that I was not plugged into a church.

    However this is the first time that we Eileen and I together as a couple are plugged into a small group and it is soooo good, we have grown so much our faith has gone through the roof, In these uncertain times we are living in today with the economy, the wars and unstable governed countries around the globe and on and on, we are concerned but we don’t worry due to the fact we know that God is in control.

    It has only been through the teachings of our small group, that for the very first time in our marriage of 23 years that we now pray together as a couple, do a daily devotion time together as a couple, folks I only tell ya that because if your not doing that, you are missing out big time! You need to get plugged into a small group, I am telling you it will change your life!

  2. Tim O says:

    I just read something I felt I had to share I pray it hits a heart or two!

    “In Christian fellowship people should experience authenticity.

    Authentic fellowship is not superficial, surface-level chit-chat. It’s genuine, heart-to-heart, sometimes gut-level sharing.

    It happens when people get honest about who they are and what is happening in their lives. They share their hurts, reveal their feelings, confess their failures, disclose their doubts, admit their fears, acknowledge their weaknesses, and ask for help and prayer.

    Authenticity is the exact opposite of what you find in many churches. Instead of an atmosphere of honesty and humility, there is pretending, role-playing, politicking, superficial politeness, and shallow conversation. People wear masks, keep their guard up, and act as if everything is rosy in their lives. These attitudes are the death of real friendship.

    It’s only as we become open about our lives that we experience authentic fellowship. The Bible says, “If we live in the light, as God is in the light, we can share fellowship with each other…If we say we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves” (1 John 1:7-8 NCV).

    The world thinks intimacy occurs in the dark, but God says it happens in the light. We tend to use darkness to hide our hurts, faults, fears, failures, and flaws. But in the light, we bring them all out into the open and admit who we really are.

    Of course, being authentic requires both courage and humility. It means facing our fear of exposure, rejection, and being hurt again.

    Why would anyone take such a risk?

    Because it’s the only way to grow spiritually and be emotionally healthy. The Bible says, “Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed” (James 5:16 MSG).”