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1. Make your group all about you.
When you first looked for a small group, you may have done so in the same way you shopped for a new car or a new refrigerator. You looked for features you wanted, like the right people, the right location, the right day or time, and the right kind of study or ministry, just to name a few. The problem with this consumer-driven approach is that it puts you at the center, where you do not belong. A healthy group keeps Christ and Christ only at the center. A healthy group is all about him, gathering in his presence, under his power, and for his purposes ... not yours.
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In my mid-20s, I moved to Vancouver, British Columbia to begin a degree in New Testament studies and work under the direction of Gordon Fee, the author of the some of the best commentaries from the last 50 years. I had been working for TOUCH Outreach Ministries, which promoted the Cell Church model and encouraged churches to embrace a New Testament model of church life based on scriptures that talk about how the early church met from "house to house" (Acts 2:42-46, 5:42, 20:20). In those days, I assumed that the goal was to find the secret ingredients to life in the first century church and to determine how those secrets have been forgotten by the church. I thought my studies would tell me about all the things we need to do today that they did back then which would fix the church.
The more I read about the early church, the more I discover what I did not expect to find. (This is usually the case with good research.) For instance, I found that all the research demonstrates that they met in homes, but I also found that we must be realistic about the fact that they had no other place to meet. The early church was a movement with no social standing. In fact, it was considered a cult that undermined the mores of the majority culture. Where else would they have met but in homes?
Small Group Bible Study Help
Let's talk about your time of Bible Study teaching. Maybe you're a youth minister who speaks to your entire youth group once a week at a youth service. Maybe you're an adult volunteer teaching Sunday School or a small group on a week night. Whatever your role is, I want to ask a question about your teaching:
Do you ever find yourself in a rut?
It's a fair question, one we should all ask ourselves from time to time. We know the phrase, "in a rut" originates from the days when people would travel in wagon trains. The "rut" was the deep, grooved trail that marked the right way to get from point A to point B. As such, "the rut" could be a helpful thing.
Maybe your tried-and-true lesson format has served you well over the years. It's helped you make it through the wilderness! But, the problem with a rut is that it can seriously derail you. A deep enough rut would cause a wagon to bottom-out, the axel of the wagon digging into the ground until it causes the wagon to grind to a halt.
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When Jesus selected his 12 disciples, he started a movement that will never die. Today, small groups meet the world over, and lives change just as drastically and eternally as they did in Jesus' day. Though leading a small group can be problematic, the rewards are worth the price. In the Small Groups Workshop, you'll read insight from a number of small group leaders who have experienced both the peaks and valleys of small group leadership. They'll help you become a better small group leader, one who helps make Jesus' parting words a reality: "to make disciples."