Summary: Spiritual Basis For Group Ministry
THE VALUE OF COMMUNITY – PART II
The Spiritual Basis for Group Ministry
Series Text: Acts 2:46-47 - Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,  praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
We are on Message # 2 today on the Value of Community.
Last time, we looked at the Biblical Basis for Group Ministry and looked at the examples of Jesus and His Disciples, as well as The Early Church.
We were able to see how Jesus and the Early Church utilized this method for the purpose of training, discipleship, and early church growth, as well as come to the realization that the Group approach is not the only approach to Church Growth, but it certainly is a Biblical one.
Today, we are going to take a look at:
THE SPIRITUAL BASIS FOR GROUP MINISTRY
The Spiritual basis in this context means that we are determining the personal spiritual growth potential of being involved in Group Ministry.
The desire of every Christian here today is to be a person who is continuing to grow in their spiritual walk with the Lord. You must decide that you are not satisfied with the status quo, and you want to go “above and beyond” in your relationship with God and His family.
Often, one of the greatest problems with growth is that it’s hard to see happening overnight!
We’ve all seen the measuring marks people make on their doors or walls, or even posters they can buy now as they mark the progress of a growing child, however, if we didn’t have a clue in life and wanted to measure our child’s growth by sitting and watching them grow, it would drive us insane very quickly as we would see no growth whatsoever.
Growth takes time physically, and it also takes time spiritually.
We must give new Christians some “slack” as they grow in God, realizing that like the little song says, “He’s still working on me”
Stuart Briscoe says… So many times, you can’t see anything happening week to week. Spiritual growth takes place beneath the surface.
First of all, we see under this topic:
I. DISCIPLESHIP FOR ALL
What does Discipleship or Disciple mean?
Well, we know that Jesus had the 12 Disciples, and in essence they were “followers” of Christ, and all the time they were following Christ, they were learning and being educated in practical and spiritual ways of serving God.
To be a Disciple basically means that one goes a step further from just being a “believer”, to being a follower who is working to duplicate the acts of the one who is being followed –
When Jesus called His disciples, He used the words “follow me” – This didn’t just mean to get behind Him and make a straight line as they walked from town to town, but it meant that they would now follow His instructions, and live the way He wanted them to live.
They went from surface relationship to that of a Teacher and Student, yet even further than that as they watched him heal the sick, set free the captive, and bring hope to the hopeless. Jesus was instructing them in the ways of God, and showing them the heart of God, yet again, it did not happen overnight, and one might in reality say, they never ARRIVED at the place of perfection.