Today's activity – read your denomination or church's doctrinal statement. If you are a Southern Baptist, read the Baptist Faith and Message here.
Think with me… when was the last time you read your church or denomation's doctrine statement? You need to know your doctrine. Just as importantly, the people in your group need to know their doctrine. We need more people sharing their beliefs in the open-market, away from the safety of the steeple. In Acts 17:16-34, Paul steps into the market square of ideas in Athens (the Areopagus), and has an open debate with the philosophers of his day.
For your group to truly become missional, it is going to require more than just great fellowship and ministry. Your group must understand not only what it believes, but why they believe these doctrines. Instead of shying away from discussions about your denomination's beliefs during office break time or other opportunities, our groups should carry on a civil dialogue about their beliefs. LifeWay Research has discovered that 86% of unchurched Americans would like to have a discussion with a friend about Jesus Christ.
If you would like to purchase copies of the Baptist Faith & Message for your group, LifeWay has them for sale here for a very inexpensive price (5 for $1.00)