I love our small group. We started off as a group of three couples with a total of 8 children a little over two years ago. While we are all in the same community, we go to different churches. Since then we’ve grown to 5 couples and 14 children of the regular attenders. We come together to worship, to praise, to pray, to study and to eat. We’ve shared praises and we’ve shared sorrows. We’re doing life together.
The good and ugly, that’s what we share as we do life. We lift each other up, we encourage each other, we hold each other accountable and we serve the community together. I believe it’s what God intended for his church. The early Christians did exactly this. They met in each other’s homes, broke bread and worshiped.
To a certain degree the American church got away from this. We have become a nation of large churches and big productions. The small town churches are starting to fade as the years go by and the younger generation has moved to the larger churches. Shoot, I go to a fairly large church and I love it, but a big part of our Christian life is what happens outside of that one hour on a Sunday morning.
The small group, gives us an opportunity to get back to our roots as Christians, not to replace being fed in our churches, but to relate on a more personal level to other Christians in our community. As we meet, we our a group of Christians from different backgrounds, different denominations, different upbringings, but we all come together just as Christians.
I said this before, but I love our small group. Doing life with other Christians is what God intended for us. If you can, get yourself in one or start one. It will change you deeply.