You need to be in a small group! How’s that for an opening statement? The reality is that God works in powerful ways when we allow others into our spiritual lives. Small groups allow for meaningful connection between believers to take place and help us on our journey to be a community compelled by Christ’s love to bless our world. Being in a small group is a spiritual trajectory game changer and I want that for each of you.
We all have a desire to be known. Why do you think Facebook is so popular? Fundamentally, our desire for connection is derived from the image of God in all of us. Connecting with others in a small group is a way of truly experiencing the life God intended for His people. It is through experiences like being a part of a small group that satisfy the deep inner desire within each of us to connect with others. A place where we can be known, cared for, and challenged to become more and more like Jesus Christ.
Life is hard, and the things we experience wear us down. So God created us to live in community. Small communities of believers speak hope and encouragement into our lives, giving us real opportunities to love and serve others as we serve Christ. It's so that we would be able to live out what Paul says in Galatians 6:2.
"Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2
Now I know that you can come up with a lot of excuses to justify not being connected to a small group. Work keeps you busy, school activities fill your schedule, and all the other things you’re committed to scream out for your time. You may not feel adequate enough in your knowledge of God to join a group. You might even be afraid of what God wants to do in your life.
As your pastor, I would challenge you to look beyond the time commitment, the fear of the unknown, the thoughts that you're not smart enough to be a part of a group, and see the work that God wants to do in your life through being connected to community. We need each other to fully understand how we were designed to live.
Pastor Randy Discher