A primer is something that prepares. In a few weeks, we will start our small group ministry at CMF! I'm excited for this time because it is a ministry area where people will, hopefully, connect, grow, and share deeply. Small groups should give you what Sunday morning doesn't--a place of knowing and being known. You may have been a part of a small group before or you may not have, but in this post we will discuss some of the things that I'm hoping these small groups will accomplish.
Acts 2:42-47 depicts the basics of small groups:
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
The Apostles' teaching is the handing down of Jesus' teachings from generation to generation. We find all their teachings to be in line with what the Bible tells us. Small groups will encourage you to be taught as well as teach others.
Humans are wired for connection with other humans. Fellowship is the biblical way of saying that we should be together. A small group should meet on a regular basis, share life together, and be connected. We should also hold one another accountable.
Breaking of Bread:
Who doesn't like to eat? But, even more than this, it is the sharing of resources. Notice in verse 45, they would use their Earthly possessions to help one another. Helping your fellow group members with whatever they may need.
It is good to gather together in prayer, and pray for our church, your group members, and for God's will to be done on Earth as it is in heaven. Opening yourself up for prayer is one way of letting go of our American ideology that we don't need help.
The Lord added to their number daily:
The goal of small groups is to grow more like Jesus. When we grow like Jesus, we ought to attract those in the world who are yearning for something else.
There's your primer, Church! The formula for small groups is simple--do what the early followers of Jesus did. Meet together, study the Apostles' teaching, have fellowship, break bread, pray, and invite others to join in the Kingdom with you.
If you haven't yet filled out a small group survey, please contact Andrew!