Today's activity – Pray over your group's most basic sin.
Today is going to be difficult. There are a number of sins we all commit daily. Here is the scary part of what the Bible says about our sin; "If we say, 'We have no sin', we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us" (1 John 1:8). Ouch!
One of the things I am learning as I visit with pastors and leaders of the Sunday School movement is that many of our leaders and people understand the principles of how to reach their neighborhoods, we just don't want to do it! For instance, we all know that starting new churches and starting new groups are extremely effective ways to reach people with the gospel, in fact they are essential. So why don't we do start more groups and churches? Because we don't want to, that's why.
We are in the midst of receiving new conference materials for our newest training resource, One Day 3:16. I was studying a seminar we received written by Jim Lehew of Emmaus Baptist in Oklahoma City entitled, 7 Habits of a Missional Sunday School. Habit #6 – Die to Self. I immediately thought, "Bingo, he nailed it". Although we still need to teach the basic principles of gospel growth in our churches, these principles will not conquer the sin we hide that prevents us from doing what we know to do (James 4:17).
Read Luke 9:23-25… and confess your group's sin to God, and turn from it.
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