In the Bible, the pattern of Christianity is that believers would meet together for a large group worship time and they would also meet together in small groups [Acts 2:46; 20:20]. As we begin meeting together in a small intimate group, we expect to see the living Lord Jesus at work among us. Jesus Himself gave us this promise: “For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them” [John 18:20]. As we worship Him and look into His Word, as we share our blessings and problems, as we encourage each other and pray for each other, we believe that God will work in our lives in amazing ways.
This starts with you. If you’re not doing life with a few other believers in a small group, it will be rather difficult for you to get others to do life together. So, make small group a high priority in your own life, and challenge people who are members of groups to do the same.
Small groups need to meet with consistency and frequency. It needs to become a priority for the group’s members. Our tendency is to get busy and stressed and then to flake out and come up with excuses for not meeting together. And it’s so easy for that to become habitual and before long, we don’t really have a group anymore. Meeting must be a priority.
Let me give you three practical and life changing reasons why you should prioritize meeting with your small groups:
Flexibility~ Two or three people can meet almost anywhere, anytime; during lunch break, at a coffee shop, in a park, in a home. The larger the group, the more difficult it is to get everyone together at the same time in one place.
Accountability~ We all need to be accountable to someone who cares about us. In a group of two or three, it is more likely that we will have the courage to share honestly and receive encouragement to overcome our sins. All of us need encouragement to keep growing in Christ. Because of the level of sharing that takes place, men should meet with men and women should meet with women.
Reproducibility~This simple pattern of encouraging growth in Christ can easily be reproduced by anyone in any place. Once you start a small group challenge the people in your group to start another small group with one or two others.