Why We Do What We Do: Meet In Small Groups.

| Spiry Tee

"So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,"
Acts 2:46 NKJV

Mega churches are trending today. Nothing wrong with mega churches but once the congregation gets too big, individual care for the sheep is often sacrificed. That is why wise shepherds break up the whole into small groups popularly known worldwide as cell groups or community groups, to ensure that no believer is treated as a statistic, and each one is taken care of spiritually, emotionally and physically.

The body of Christ, is called a "body" because it functions like one. A human body has "small groups". For instance, the respiratory system is a small group, the digestive system is also a small group. The heart and blood circulatory system is a small group. If you study these separately, you may assume that they have life on their own because of how well God designed each one. But what makes a body is when all these "small groups" integrate into one composite whole.

That also applies in church life. Small groups do not have life of their own, separate from the whole church. They are a significant part of the whole. In our small or cell groups, we should conscientize every member to care for every member in the small group. It is not a place where only preaching take place but living life together as believers, going from house to house, eating food together and praying for one another. Going out and playing games together.

Lives of the saints must be interwoven. The early church lived together, ate together, had all things in common and that can also be our lived church experience today through small groups. Refuse to be an island in the church. Be integrated into a small group and live your life with other saints. You are not only called to believe but to also belong. Small group gives you that sense of belonging.

Last but not least, life of Christ can only be sustained in connection with other believers. Can the heart or lungs or kidney survive outside the body? Of course not. They need the temperature, the environment and the energy the body provides to stay alive. The Godlife was not meant to be lived in isolation. Some will say that not everyone who goes to church and joins a small group is a true Christian, which is true; but every true Christian must join a body of believers and join a small group.

I was called to not only believe but belong. I belong to the body of Christ and I will make it my mission to join and be part of a small group of believers in love with the Lord and with one another.

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