Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:23-25
What do these words mean to you?
Last night, I met with my MEAT group. I honestly felt like I was called out on the carpet for a few things that I had mentioned to another person in the group. I’m not sure if it felt right to be singled out for my comments, but I will say that it permitted conversation within the group that spurred me on – and hopefully spurred others on in the group.
When we think of what it means to be in fellowship with one another, we all come into the discussion with different ideas from our past experiences, from our education, and from our own expectations. I’ve been doing small group stuff for a while now, and even though I’m extremely open to what could be considered a small group, I still have my own preconceived ideas for what life in a small group looks like. I don’t always get it right.
Last night, I was definitely spurred on. I think the conversation last night spurred others on as well. I think it provided encouragement, support, and accountability. Being part of a group where this type of conversation can take place is important. It’s important for testing and growing our faith. It’s important for support. Many of these guys were here for me as my family went through challenging times over the past year. It’s also important for uplifting the soul. We laugh a lot at our weekly MEAT meetings, and laughter can be such great medicine for the soul.
Are you part of a group like this?
What are the key ingredients for a small group?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!