Summary: The necessity of small groups

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A Call to Smallness

Moving Ahead Together, Part 8

I have entitled today’s message ‘A Call to Smallness.’ I say call because I believe it is something God is calling us to not as another program but as a way of life, as part of our DNA as a church. Why do I believe that God is calling us to smallness? God is calling us to smallness because community as described in the NT is a life of real, authentic, and growing relationships. There is not full-fledged body ministry to the extent the NT describes. It is not happening on Sunday mornings, it is not happening in Sunday school, or it is not happening in our times of prayer together. It does not and cannot happen in large corporate meetings.

1. Relationships are the basis for ministry

Listen to the following verses:

ESV John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another

ESV Romans 15:14 I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another.

ESV Ephesians 4:25 Therefore, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor.

ESV Colossians 3:16 teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom.

ESV 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up.

ESV Matthew 24:10 And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another.

ESV John 15:12 "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

ESV Romans 15:7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

ESV Romans 16:16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.

ESV 2 Corinthians 13:11 Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

ESV Galatians 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

ESV Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another . . . tenderhearted, forgiving one another.

ESV Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

ESV 1 Thessalonians 5:15 always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.

ESV Hebrews 3:13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called "today," that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

ESV James 5:16 confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.

SV 1 Peter 4:9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.

ESV 1 Peter 4:10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another:

We cannot fulfill all these commands unless we meet together in small formal and informal groups. Why is it important for us to meet together and why does the NT describes the one another texts the way they do? I propose to you that the normal supernatural life that the New Testament describes comes from people meeting together in small groups to encourage each other to thrive spiritually.

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