Why Small Groups?
THIS IS YOUR MINISTRY
Small Groups are not one ministry in the life of our church, they are the ministry. Like breathing, these groups provide oxygen to our relationships with one another. They facilitate discipleship. They provide a context for us to help one another become more like Jesus.
We’ve begun a short blog series on the question, “Why small groups?” This is the next installment.
REASON 4: DEEP FRIENDSHIPS
“The soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” -1 Samuel 18:1
The desire to be known and loved is at the core of what it means to be human. God made us this way. We were designed for deep, satisfying relationship with Him and with others. Friendship. Friendship with God and friendship with our fellow man.
But even now we struggle to sense the love God has for us and the love others have for us.
Our sin has spoiled this.
Our redemption in Christ is restoring it.
Meaningful friendships in the church are one way God teaches us about friendship with Him while making the church a reflection of what humanity is meant to be: a society of people who love God and each other.
Small Groups are our strategy for cultivating deep friendships. These are people to know and be known by. These are people you can “love as your own soul” like Jonathan did with David. Friendships like these are the sweet, satisfying fruit of the gospel.