In the last post I discussed the five purposes of small groups at High Point church. Our vision for small groups is for them to be Christ centered, transformational communities. The five purposes and practices of small groups are designed to build these communities.
To review, the 5 purposes are:
2. Spiritual growth
4. Supporting mission
In part 1 I broke down in some detail the practice of community. The second purpose and practice of small group community is spiritual growth.
Continue reading Five Purposes & Practices of Small Groups: 2. GROWTH
The next five posts will be about the five purposes and tasks in small groups. There are many things that cannot be done on Sunday morning. Some cannot be done because of time constraints. Some cannot be done because of the large group context. But when large group and small group gatherings work in concert with one another, great things can happen to the local church. It’s amazing what can happen to the local church when the local church is working right.
So to give you a summary, the five purposes are as follows:
Continue reading Five Purposes & Practices of Small Groups: 1. COMMUNITY
One of the objections people have against small groups is that we don’t get to pick the people. Small group seemed like an artificially assembled group of people that don’t naturally get along or necessarily click with each other. Some groups are together for months and still don’t feel like they’re all that much closer. Some people openly long to not have to be part of a small group so that they can be more focused on spending time with people they know they can have meaningful friendships with. And many pastors realize that fighting this is a losing battle.
I am not one of those pastors.
Why, you ask? There are two reasons.
Continue reading Why you can’t pick ’em…
Over the next couple of weeks I want to publish a series of entries outlining the overall vision for small groups High Point. Generally speaking though vision is supposed to answer three questions: What’s the problem? What’s the solution? Why us why now?
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No doubt many people in ministries and leading small groups are wondering what’s coming next after missions month. For several months we have been planning to do a series called, “The Gospel Through The Bible.” The point of this series is twofold:
- We want people to understand how to put their Bibles together.
- We want people to see Jesus and the gospel in all of Scripture, which will also help us accomplish #1.
Continue reading What’s next: The Gospel Through The Bible
Are you ready to lead a discussion on Genesis 1? The answer to that question should depend on your goals. If you are prepared to integrate the best scientific knowledge concerning origins and the best biblical interpretation of the early chapters of Genesis, please come teach at my house. I have been studying that myself for more than a decade and only sort of now feel like I have a basic knowledge that might be able to keep me from immediately embarrassing myself. But, the meaning and purpose of Genesis 1 in the unfolding revelation of God in the Scriptures is not particularly difficult.
Here are some suggestions for the discussion:
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