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
I keep coming back to these verses. I posted about these verses back on October 13, 2011 and August 15, 2010. I remain convinced that plugging into a small group of people is absolutely essential to our faith and to our spiritual health and growth. The Bible clearly presents this as a model for Christ followers. Yet, many Christians shy away from this type of relationship with other Christians. Are we afraid of intimacy and transparency? Are we afraid that others might learn that we’re not perfect? Are we so independent that we believe we can do it on our own? Are we just introverted and the thought of opening up to others is terrifying?
I’m not sure, but I know from my own experience that my involvement with a smaller group of Christians as brought me through some tough times. It has pushed me to grow and think. And it at times has made me uncomfortable as I ponder challenges and deal with the ups and downs of those in the group. This may not sound attractive to some, but I’m telling you – it’s worth it!
If you’re not in a small group of some type, why not? What’s stopping you from getting involved today? I would encourage you to take your own leap of faith by getting involved in a small group this week. Don’t let it wait until all the stars align with your schedule.
Today, at my church, we are rolling out the spring groups. If you go to CCV, this is a perfect opportunity to jump into the mix. There are groups for everyone at every stage of their walk. There are exercise groups. There are service groups. There are foundations classes and groups designed to go over the basics of what it means to be a fully devoted follower of Christ. And there are in-depth Bible studies. Check out the groups catalog on-line, and sign up today!
If you’re not from my church, seek this out at your own church. You’ve had enough time to sit on the side lines. If you’re church doesn’t have small groups or a small group ministry, start a group yourself. Grab a few other people and start one today. If you need help figuring this out, send me a comment. I’d love to help.
Okay, that’s enough spurring on for today. Have a great Sunday, and keep STRETCHING!
What’s your story? Are you in a group right now? If not, what’s stopping you?