Holistic Small Groups are the single most important element for healthy growth .
Holistic Small Groups Within Small Groups, Christians can find intimate community, practical health, and intensive spiritual interaction. Members study and discuss scripture with others and apply biblical insights to the everyday issues of life Small Groups have universal validity. They are not just a passing fad. Small Groups are the very essence of the true life of the church of Jesus Christ.
Small Groups help us fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission The Great Commandment (Matthew 22: 37, 39) Love the Lord your God with all our heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (Worship), Love your neighbor as yourself. (Ministry)
The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations ( Evangelism ), baptizing them in the name of the ‘Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit ( Fellowship ), and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. ( Discipleship ).
What are the elements of a healthy Small Group?
“ They devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching…”
“ They joined in fellowship and “ate together with glad and sincere hearts…
“ Everyone was filled with awe…”
“ They gave to anyone as he had a need…”
“ And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved…”
Balance keeps the group on course to fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission 5 elements (Acts 2: 42-47)
Discipleship is relational and it takes time. “ So Paul stayed there for the next year and a half, teaching the word of God.” Acts 18:11 He appointed twelve—designating them apostles—that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach ….” Mark 3:14
UNHEALTHY (unbalanced) HEALTHY (balanced) FIVE PURPOSES BALANCE SMALL GROUPS Fellowship Fellowship Discipleship Worship Ministry Evangelism Discipleship