“As the church, we are in community together trying to fulfill this Great Commission that Jesus left us with. As we gently press into each other, we form one united thing, His church. As we work together, sharing the space God gives us to do His work, we all become shaped a little different. We all become a little more like Him.” ― Jennifer Lane.
I don’t know a single person who thinks he or she has arrived as a Christian. Philippians 3:12 says, “I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.” Becoming more Christlike is not so much a destination that we must reach, but a process that we go through. Colossians 2:6 says, “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him.” Walking with Jesus shows us that our spiritual journey is not so much a one-time transforming experience, but a progressive and transformational process as we are changed to be more like Him. So how do we improve our walk?
One of the best ways is to join a small group. Small groups are places where community is found, lives are shared and responsibilities are divided. They are places where we can be open and share our experiences. They are a place where you can be heard and where you can experience Jesus. Small groups is an environment where people can be real with each other and get closer to God together.
Small groups have a place for everyone and everybody. Everybody knows your name and where you can share something about yourself that you never thought you would ever share. Small groups provide opportunities to really learn about God and His word. They provide opportunities to dig in and go deeper in study. They allow you to have the chance to see what the Bible says about relevant issues that affect your lives.
Small groups help you feel like a part of God’s family.
Small groups provide a place where you can belong and be yourself while being part of God’s family. If you are reading this and never joined a small group, I encourage you to find a group that is located near where you live or work, or that reflects your current life stage or special interest.
- Is there anything that a small group can do to help improve your relationship with God that you can’t do individually?
- Join a small group this semester and see how you can get there together.