Something A Little Different Tonight…Is This Your Small Group?

Posted: February 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

What is your small group? At my church, we call them life groups. What is your life group?

Is it a group of best friends that happen on occasion to study the Bible? Is it a group that finds excuses not to study God’s Word but yet call ourselves a life group? Sure, all of us can do the get together. Sure, all of us can do the best friend thing. Sure, we can do the Super Bowl party thing and call it life group. Sure, we can let a special situation cause us to divert from having a study of God’s Word tonight.

Sure, we can all support each other when something bad happens. But are we really a small group? Do we bite into God’s Word? We are there for you when your husband leaves you. We are here when you wife seeks affection in another man’s arms. We put our arms around you. We do all that stuff. We do all the right things for all the right reasons. And, yes, all these things are what life group is supposed to be about.

We are to stop and have fun together. We are to stop and watch the Super Bowl. We are to step into the breach when we have one of us is going through a divorce. We are to step into the breach when one of our group is suffering through infidelity in their marriage. We are to step in an support when one of us suffers loss like the loss of a parent, a child, a husband, you name it. We are to be the first line of support.

But can we be more? Can we sit down and discuss Scripture? Can we sit down and discuss sermons? Can we really do life? Can we dig down deep and tell each other what we are struggling with? Can we dig down deep

Life group is warts. Life group is ugly. Life group is. Life group should be more than just a good time. Life group is not chic. Life group should be that thing we enjoy but yet fear. We should see life group as the place we hold each other accountable. We should be able to speak life in life group. We should be able to dish and we should be able to take. We should be able to talk about real stuff. Not just some song and dance we do for two to three hours on Sundays or Wednesdays or whenever we meet. Can we reach down deep and admit that what we are studying is hitting me square in the eye? Can we talk about real shxx? Can we talk about the ugly stuff in my soul? Can we talk about the ugly side of me? Not just the Super Bowl side of me. Not just the backyard cookout.

I want that life group. I want my life group members to get past my past. I want my life group to be the place that I can pull my brother aside and tell him that I am about to sin. I want that life group that makes Bible study the center of everything. I want that life group that launches it service to the community from what we learn from some deep down self-revealing study of Scripture. I want that life group that challenges me not just coddles me. Is this your life group? Is this the life group that you want? Are you ready for this life group?

This is my life group. This is what I need. This is first century church. This is what matters. More than just what we think the pastor wants us to do. This is what we are bought into. This is … life group.

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