We’re going into our third week of our Life Groups (small groups or community groups or house church or …you get the picture) and I was thinking about what a Life Group should be like. I’ve been a part of the small group scene for at least 10 years and in each group I try to pray for one thing… Sequoias.
You see sequoia redwoods are one of the most tallest and majestic varieties of trees. Some of them are 300 feet high and over 2,500 years old. One would think that trees so large must have a tremendous root system that reaches down hundreds of feet into the earth. But not so! The redwoods have a very shallow root system. If one was to get down on his knees and examine the redwoods’ root system he would find that all the roots intertwine. They are locked to each other. When the storms come, the winds blow, and the lightning flashes, the redwoods still stand. They are not alone for all the trees support and protect each other. Each tree is important to all the other trees in the grove.
It is that intertwining of roots, hearts, lives not only with other members in the life group but also the intertwining and infusion of our hearts to Christ (John 15:5) through being rooted and sustained by God’s Word and prayer that really makes a fantastic Life Group. Pastor Jong shared this past Sunday (video) three very helpful instructions on how to fight the spiritual battle of hearts that I thought were particularly relevant also in the Life Group context…
Preserver-Keep fighting together…Fight with and Fight for one another through Life Groups.
Pray-“first of all, pray” (1 Timothy 2:1)…for one another and for others.
Proclaim-remember, proclaim, herald the Gospel story…within and beyond Life Group.
We’re extremely excited to see what God has in store for us through our Life Grouip ministry. If you’re interested in joining a Life Group, sign up for one in your area here. We would love to hear your thoughts and experiences on small groups so please feel free to share and here’s another insightful post from theresurgence regarding what small groups pitfalls we should avoid, that we just didn’t have time to write about here. Have a great week everyone! -jasonp