Small Groups

I’ve been posting recently about Lutheran Via de Cristo. It’s a weekend retreat, but the purpose is not to enjoy a quiet time with God (although that may happen at times). The purpose is to encourage participants to go back into their daily life and form small groups. My husband and I have been participated in small groups for years, and they become vehicles for change–you will change, and you will change the people around you. Think about it. Didn’t Jesus have a small group of followers? They changed the world!

This blog would not exist if a small group of ladies had not decided to create it. Other groups I have been in have undertaken church projects like Vacation Bible School, assembled craft items to give out at retreats, led church workshops, and more. With a small group you can not only study the Bible, you can put biblical principles into practice. The encouragement I have received in small groups truly cannot be measured. There are so many things I would never have tried without the support of Christian friends.

Here are some basics about what a small group should look like, according to Rick Warren:

If you are a member of a small group or class, I urge you to make a group covenant that includes the nine characteristics of biblical fellowship: We will share our true feelings (authenticity), forgive each other (mercy), speak the truth in love (honesty), admit our weaknesses (humility), respect our differences (courtesy), not gossip (confidentiality), and make group a priority (frequency).

If you’re not part of a small group, I urge you to start one today! You can group with people from your church, other Christians in your workplace or neighborhood, or those with whom you have attended a Christian retreat or event. Get creative — right now I am meeting regularly with a Christian friend on Zoom. Start with Bible study and hold one another accountable in the areas of spiritual discipline and action. Be a friend. Grow in Christ together. You’ll be amazed to see what can happen.

For more about small groups see:

Leading Small Groups by Chris Surratt — Book Review

Small Groups of Saints #2 — Joan’s Experience

Fanning the Flame #21 More on Small Groups

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About jculler1972

My husband is the retired pastor of St. Paul's Free Lutheran Church in Leitersburg, Maryland. I have two grown daughters, three grandchildren and am retired after a career in Purchasing. I have published articles in The Lutheran Ambassador, Lutheran Witness, and Lutheran Digest. My Bible study on the Book of Acts was published in 2016 by the Women's Missionary Federation of the AFLC(Association of Free Lutheran Churches).

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