When Jesus walked the Earth ministering, healing teaching and showing God’s love for man, he did it in small groups.
He began his earthly ministry by choosing 12 of the most ordinary rag tag, uneducated, unskilled commoners to be his disciples in his first small group. All he did was beckon each of them simply to follow Him. And they all did immediately and stayed with Jesus at his side his entire ministry.
Jesus started another small group of his dearest most intimate disciples–Peter, James and John. Jesus took this small group of disciples with him when he went to the Mount of Transformation and the Garden of Gethsemane on his last night before his crucifixion.
Christ took these three disciples, Peter, James, and John, up on a mountain, where Moses and Elijah appeared and Jesus was transfigured, his face and clothes becoming dazzlingly bright (Mark 9:2–13; Then God spoke to them, “This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased.
Jesus took all three of his small group with him to pray with him in the Garden of Gathsemene on the night before Jesus was betrayed by Judas and crucified on a cross for all our sins.
If small groups were so important l to Jesus and his ministry shouldn’t they be as important to our life in Christ and our community of faith? Our spiritual growth most always happens in community, in small groups with rarely any exception.
Are you in a small group? Why not? You’ve got a bunch of lame excuses to beg off. Here’s just a few–
- I don’t have time.
- I’m not comfortable around strangers.
- I’m not comfortable praying aloud.
- I don’t understand the terms other Christians already know.
- My husband won’t go with me.
- They’re going to want me to talk about myself and I’m not comfortable doing that.
- I don’t know the Bible well enough.
Which excuse sounds like the easiest one for you to use? Small groups will become an integral part of the new church model for every member in ministry Jesus is creating. The new church model is diametrically opposed to the modern Christ-centered church model Christ is developing.
Will you be in or out?