Small Groups. WHY?

15 08 2017

It usually happens every time I teach our membership class.  I talk about the importance of small groups in our church, people nod their heads in agreement, and I feel confident

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that they will commit themselves to it.  Then it comes time for people to commit and the motivation is just not there.  So why should you do it?

Acts 20:20 (ESV)
20  how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house,

The early church felt a great need to be connected to each other.  They were desperate for community.  They were in the midst of persecution and they felt a desperate need to connect with other believers.  They needed a way and a place to do as Jesus had done b

 

efore them.  Jesus spent a lot of time pouring himself into a small group of people.

Now you might be think that is nice but that is not for me.  You already have a lot of things going on in your life and your plate is full.  All of us, including me, struggle with the

ity and you will not get that by just coming to church.  You need a platform where you can build authentic relationships.  You need a place where you can lean on others.  Small groups are perfect for this.

demands of job, family, and just life.  Why would we add something else to our agendas even if it is just two nights a month.

Let me tell you why you should honestly consider small groups.  God has made you for commun

 

As we grow bigger as a church, it is going to be in the platform of small groups that we will make sure to care for each other.  When one hurts, we all will hurt.  That will be done primarily through small group settings.  In small group you will be cared for and celebrated.

Let me give you a few more reasons:

  1. Small groups are a place where you can do deeper in the Word of God with a group of people.  It is a place where the truth comes alive as you can ask questions and give opinions.
  2. It is a perfect place to share your struggles and have brothers and sisters in Christ pray over you and for you.
  3. They are the perfect place to unwind, release stress, and laugh with new friends.
  4. Small groups help you deal with the pressures of life.
  5. Small groups are the perfect place to put into practice the “one anothers” of Scripture as the Bible lists over 50 one anothers that we are to do for each other.  We do need each other.  God never intended for us to walk alone.
  6. You will make friends for life.
  7. It is a ton of fun!




How Should I Pray

13 11 2010

This morning I was thinking through Ephesians 1.  First, I was just enjoying who I am in Christ Jesus.  Dear Christian if you ever feel down and depleted you absolutely must go to Ephesians 1.  There you are reminded:  1.  I’ve been blessed in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places (the places by the way where Jesus is reigning even today…the places where it counts the most.  see the end of Eph 1.  2.  I’ve been chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world.  He CHOSE me!  I like being chosen  3.  He chose me so that I can stand before the Father holy and blameless.  4.  He has predestined me for adoption.  So glad to be adopted. 5.  I’ve been redeemed through his blood.  6.  I’ve been forgiven.  I’m blessed.

 

At the end of the chapter Paul is praying for the Ephesians and it reminded me how to pray for the people around me.  So many times our prayers are shallow.  You know the type…Lord, bless Johnny.  How do you pray Biblical prayers for others.  Look how Paul prays for the Saints.

1. He thanks God for them.  Are you thankful for the people that God has placed in your life.

2.  He prays that God would given them a spirit of wisdom.  Everybody needs wisdom.  Wisdom is knowing what to do next.  Some people have knowledge but no wisdom.

3.  He prays that they would have a intimate knowledge of God.  Now isn’t that better than just praying, “Lord, bless them.”

4.  He prays  that their eyes would be focused and clear that they may know exactly what God is calling them to not just do…but to be.  Be glorious for Jesus.

Lord, help me to pray for others like this.





It Is Enough

12 10 2010

This morning I was meditating on 2 Corinthians 2:14-16

2 Corinthians 2:14-16 (ESV)
14 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.
15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing,
16 to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?

As I was thinking about this verse this morning I was reminded that I’m privileged just to be in the parade.  Paul is using a Roman tradition of the army coming into the city after the battle has been won.  They would march under this great arch being led by the priest in the city burning incense.  It was the sweet smell of victory.  My thought this morning is that I’m not marching to victory but from it and I get to wear the uniform.   I get to march in the parade.  I get to be a fragrance of Christ to God to those that I will come into contact with on this day.  Praise God for that.





If you think God can’t use you remember…

10 09 2009

The next time you feel like God can’t use you, just remember…
Noah was a drunk.
Abraham was too old.
Isaac was a daydreamer.
Jacob was a liar.
Leah was ugly.
Joseph was abused.
Moses had a stuttering problem.
Gideon was afraid.
Sampson had long hair and was a womanizer.
Rahab was a prostitute.
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young.
David had an affair and was a murderer.
Elijah was suicidal.
Isaiah preached naked.
Jonah ran from God.
Naomi was a widow.
Job went bankrupt.
John the Baptist ate locusts.
Peter denied Christ.
The Disciples fell asleep while praying.
Martha worried about everything.
Mary Magdalene was, well you know.
The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once.
Zaccheus was too small. Paul was too religious.
Timothy had an ulcer…
Lazarus was dead!

And God isn’t finished with you yet.





How Precious Life Is

8 06 2009

unborn-babyToday I taught on the sixth commandment. How important it is that we have a complete understanding of what this commandment speaks about. More than anything I believe it shows us how important life is to God and that we are to hold a view of life that is just as precious as His view. Only God gets to govern when a life could be taken. You and I don’t have that privilege. Because of this it is very important that you and I be on the forefront of such debates as embryonic stem cell research, which just recently got a big boost from our new President.

I used to be a deer hunter and probably one of the biggest rules of hunting is to make sure you know what you are shooting at. There have been many deaths because hunters have guessed when they should have waited. Scientist tell us that they don’t know when life begins. To me it only makes since that until they know then it makes no sense to destroy what many consider to be the beginning of life. For me I believe it starts at conception. Because life is precious to God you and I should be very concerned with this whole stem cell debate. We cannot take a passive stance.

Though I totally disagree with the recent killing of the abortionist in Kansas, I believe he church has taken a silent stance on the whole abortion issue. It reminds me of the story I heard that took place in Germany. It is told that there was a church near the rail road tracks and many times during the Sunday services they could hear the train come by filled with Jews on their way to the concentration camps where many of them would be killed and all of them would suffer. It is told that the minister would just tell the congregation to sing a little louder when the train would pass. I think sometimes that is what we do as a church. We just sing a little louder while babies die in abortion chambers. We like to think it isn’t happening, but sadly it is.

I was saw a video of an ultrasound of an abortion. I made myself watch it. By the way have you ever noticed they never show such videos on TV. Oh they will show a heart surgery but not an abortion. Why? Pro abortion advocates know that you would be horrified. That is why. I made myself watch this video. I saw the baby go to the other side of the womb. I watched the baby scream as limbs were being ripped off. What a tragedy.

Why is this so wrong? It is because each and every one of those little ones are created in the image of God. That is why life is precious. That is why Christians cannot stand back in silence.

The Bible tells us to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. That includes the little ones who are guest in their mother’s womb. That includes the embryos that have been frozen that now scientist wish to use in their studies.

Will you speak of for them. I just did.

This blog is not just my opinion…it is based on Scripture. If you don’t like it take it up with your Creator.





Here Is What I Think

21 05 2009

I told you I would be telling you what I think.  What I think is that I have a wonderful wife who has continued to stand by me through thick and thin.  She has learned what true forgiveness is.  She has a desire to know what God wants for her.  I’m very thankful for her and I look forward to spending the rest of my days here on this earth with her.  I have not idea what God has planned for us but I know that Satan is fighting hard to not see it come to pass.

Allow me to brag on her just a little bit more.  She is an AWESOME teacher.  She has a very gifted way of communicating to her students bringing out the best in them.  I’m very PROUD of her.

My focus is on pleasing the Lord and living each day focused on being the best husband that she could have. That is what I’m thinking today.





This Is Where You Will Find Me

10 05 2009

I recently cancelled by facebook account.  Why?  Well I had some personal reasons but probably one of the largest is that facebook had become an obsession to me.  I wanted to be on it whenever I had an opportunity.  Instead of doing somethings that are important I found myself sitting down at the computer wasting away precious time.  

I plan to start blogging again.  This is where you will find me.  If you want to know what I’m thinking well then you will have to come and see.

I want this blog to be a blessing and not a curse.  I want it to be a place of encouragement to you and I place of accountability for myself.

 

So this is where you will find me.