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
During the Sunday service, we got to hear Lori’s story.
The way that God grabbed hold of Lori in the past six months is so encouraging. It’s such a testimony to how the Lord continues to pursue us, even when we push Him away and try to do things on our own. What made me smile even more was to hear how Lori has found a home and family at High Point Church. Praise God for how He’s working in this congregation.
Watch and be encouraged and reminded of God’s great love and the Holy Spirit’s ability to change any person. Continue reading Feels Like Home – Lori Reil’s Story
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
As we prepare to help people grow in their understanding of Scripture, at some point those we teach have questions not only about the content of the Bible but also how the Bible came to be. Thankfully there are plenty of resources on this subject, and Desiring God has compiled a list of books they recommend in these three categories:
- The formation of the canon (how it was decided which books are included in the Bible)
- The reliability of the New Testament
- Refuting the claims of some recent critics
Continue reading Resources to Understand the Nature of Scripture
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?
Continue reading A Vision for Small Groups