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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Community and Growth

Last night our 242 Small Group met.  It's an eclectic group of couples that gather together every Wednesday night during the summer.  I look forward to meeting with them each week.

We begin every lesson with an ice-breaker question that get's everyone involved.  Usually, they're fun and insightful.  This week's question was a little different.  Last night's ice-breaker question was, In one word how would you describe your relationship with God today?  Here are a few of the responses:
  • Hungry 
  • Lacking
  • Distant
  • Thankful
  • Trusting
  • Blessed
  • Thirsty
  • Prioritizing
These are courageous answers.  These are honest answers.  These are the answers of a group of people who have spent the summer getting to know one another and sharing life together.  

I was so blessed to hear our group's answers.  They not only represent our relationship with the LORD, but they showed us that not everyone is at the same place with God as everyone else.  We are all at different places on the relationship/discipleship spectrum.  

During our study we discovered the need for one another to help us in our relationship with God.  Growth and a deeper relationship with God doesn't occur in a cocoon.  Growth takes place when we live life with a group of believers that can encourage us, pray for us, grow with us, and challenge us.  This is why I believe small groups are so important to the life of the church and the Kingdom of God!

Small groups rule!

Mike


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