8 Reasons to Join a Small Group
Small Groups are the cutting-edge of ministry when it comes to community and spiritual growth! As we grow larger as a church, we also need to grow smaller for the caring and meaningful relationships. If you want to be connected to the body at your church, why don’t you join a small group?
1. You will understand the Bible better in a small group.
Preaching and teaching is most often one-way communication…you listen while the speaker speaks. This is a fine method for imparting knowledge but not as effective for personal application as interacting in a small group. In a small group setting, you can ask questions, participate in a discussion of the text, and hear others share insights and illustrations of the truth you are trying to grasp. The Bible must be applied to your own personal situations and that happens best in small groups!
2. You will be connected with the church family.
Most people who have been a part of a small group say the greatest benefit is the close relationships and friendships that develop. It is an encouragement in this chaotic world to be able to share joys, sorrows and victories together. You will discover that your needs are not unique and that others are facing similar difficulties, have lived through them or have learned spiritual principles in the process.
Over fifty times in the New Testament the phrase “one another” is used to describe our relationship to other believers. We are instructed to love one another, accept one another, bear one another’s burdens, and build up one another. We do need each other! God never intended for us to be alone in the Christian life.
3. Prayer will become more meaningful to you.
Many people are hesitant to pray in front of others, especially in a large church. In a small group of 10-12, you will learn to participate in prayer by having a conversation together with God. No one is pressured to pray, but as you become comfortable, you will begin to appreciate the power of small group prayer. By praying together, relationships are strengthened with God and with one another. Everyone needs the prayer support of a small group!
4. You will handle the stresses and pressures of daily life better.
Small groups provide excellent support in times of crisis, change and stress. Knowing there are people who really care about you during difficult times is powerful! You will have a sense of stability and security knowing there are people who really care for you and are committed to standing with you. Many people testify that they would not have made it through difficult times if it had not been for the support of their small group.
5. You will have a natural way for reaching out to those who do not know Christ.
It may be that some of your friends who do not know Christ would not enter the door of a church but might be open to an invitation to a casual Bible discussion in a home. In a small group, an un-churched person can feel comfortable asking questions and expressing honest doubts without feeling “put on the spot”.
6. You will develop leadership skills.
The Bible teaches that every believer is given certain talents or gifts to benefit others in the family of God. A small group is a perfect environment for discovering your gifts! Becoming confident in God-given strengths helps you at work, at church and in every relationship. Starting with the various responsibilities within the relaxed format of small groups leads to a better understanding and powerful development of how God can use you specifically in His work.
7. Your understanding of worship will deepen.
Worship should not happen only at services on Sunday morning. Worship happens whenever we focus on God. Sometimes that happens better in a small group through intimate prayer, praise and singing with one another.
8. You will be cared for and celebrated.
The book of Acts is very clear about how God intends for his people to grow and have their needs met in the church. We will never be able to hire enough professional pastors to meet all the individual needs of our church family. God never intended it to be that way. Small groups provide that caring environment.