Choosing the right fit for the right reason is a big deal. That’s why God created different environments for different aspects of our spiritual development.
- When it comes to INFORMATION, the best environment is the weekend LARGE group gathering.
- When it comes to TRANSFORMATION, the best environment is a weekly SMALL group gathering.
As we launch our fall series, 40 DAYS IN THE WORD, on September 7th, I want you to really grow, and the best way to do that is to be part of an ORBC small group.
I’m asking every ORBC attender jump into a small group for SIX WEEKS during the 40 Days in the Word series.
Why I Need a Small Group
1. I need a group to slow me.
The most insidious sin that destroys our spiritual health is…BUSYNESS. We fill our schedules with everything BUT the one thing that really matters. Jesus said the most important thing in life is love – Loving God and Loving People. Love is not a feeling, love is an action that’s spelled T.I.M.E. If you’re too busy to be a part of a small group it’s not because you don’t have time, it’s most likely because your priorities are out of whack!
2. I need a group to grow me.
The weekend services are where we hear the Word. Small groups is where we DO the word. So many people think that small groups are home Bible studies. They are not. That’s only a part of the purpose. Bible study is where we LEARN the purposes. Small groups is where we LIVE the purposes. What purposes? The “one anothers” of scripture:
- Love one another
- Encourage one another
- Pray for another
- Accept one another
- Help one another
And the list goes on. Many Christians think we grow the most when we learn the Bible, but actually we grow the most when we live the Bible.
3. I need some peeps who know me.
Just attending a group won’t actually change you. There is no mysterious growth catalyst floating in the air of a small group. In order to actually grow you have to open up and share. I’m not talking about sharing your opinions and knowledge. I’m talking about sharing your struggles and challenges. Transparency and authenticity build intimacy, and intimacy is properly pronounced “INto.Me.See”
4. I need what community can show me.
Marriage is often the rude awakening that our differences truly define us. We are usually attracted to the opposite of our temperament. What initially attracts us can eventually begin to irritate us. We think, “why don’t they see what I see!” Once you discover that people see things radically different than you, you can either turn from it or learn from it. Learning to grow from others is one of the biggest steps into true maturity. It requires intentional humility, focused listening, and sincere love. This is the secret sauce of small groups!
So…how about you?
Are you ready to ramp up your spiritual life?
Then JUMP IN to a small group this fall and see how God can grow you!
Here’s 4 ways:
- Jump in on 8/24 during the Back to the Books Block Party THIS SUNDAY after each service!
- Visit the Small Group kiosk on any Sunday
- CLICK HERE to see a list of ORBC small groups with openings.
If you’re not in a group, you’re out of the loop!