Small Groups for Growth and Community by Steve Scoffone
Jesus’ last command was to go and make disciples. Christians are called to be more than fans. We are called to be faithful followers. That is what it means to be a disciple. But how do we make disciples at Central Manor Church? What is our discipleship process?
There are many ways we grow as disciples (Sunday worship, personal Bible reading and prayer, Sunday School, serving in the church). Still many Christians find that they have hit a wall in their spiritual growth. We may be struggling with specific sins. We may feel like we are falling short as a spouse or parent. How can we grow in maturity and reach our potential for the Lord?
Small groups can be a significant part of the discipleship process. A good small group provides two essential ingredients: community and application of God’s Word.
We cannot grow without other Christians. The Bible gives us this challenge: “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another’’.” (Hebrews 10:24-25a) In a good small group, other disciples can encourage us, set an example, pray for us, and even hold us accountable. Small groups provide a community where we can share our lives as we pursue God together.
Small groups provide a place to go deeper and help us put God’s Word into practice. James wrote that we should be doers of the Word and not merely hearers who deceive ourselves. (James 1:22) Most of us can hear a good sermon on Sunday morning, but by dinner time we have forgotten the main points. By Wednesday, we may not even remember the passage or topic. We are like a man who looks in a mirror and walks away, forgetting what he looks like.
That is why we are starting new sermon-based small groups. Just think what could happen if we met during the week to share our lives and help one another apply God’s Word. Small groups can help us grow in discipleship and can impact our families, church, and community.
If you are interested in a sermon-based small group, please contact Pastor Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.