If your church is fairly normal, which I imagine that it is… you probably have 10-20 percent of your worship attenders skipping Sunday School each week. If you have a home group strategy, that number is closer to 50 percent. Many people in our churches do not understand the dynamics involved in a small group. Although there are probably dozens of reasons why a person should participate in a small group of some type (Sunday School or home group), here are three really good reasons for someone to participate in a group…
Life is Better Together
I am an introvert by nature. I am perfectly happy being all alone – most of the time. But even an introvert like me needs some friends, and some time to hang out with people. Honestly, we all need to belong to a group of people who love and care for each other. Belonging to a small group puts me in a place where I can meet new people and hang out with friends. The beauty of a small group is that I have the added advantage of hanging out with godly people! We know that we tend to take on the traits and habits of the people we are around the most. One big step toward godliness is to have some close, godly friends who can be with you when you hurt and speak truth to you when you are deceiving yourself. Also, you need somebody that knows you well enough to pray for you. I doubt you are going to find that person on a golf course on Sunday mornings!
Group Bible Study Sharpens You
Proverbs 27:17 says it best, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Studying Scripture within the context of a small group allows us to see Scripture like a diamond. Diamonds have many facets and you turn a diamond slowly to see the different shapes and take in its whole character. Hearing the perspectives of different people helps our understanding of what God is telling us through His Word. Small group Bible study encourages questions and probing thoughts of God. Don’t worry… your probing questions are not going to make God look less like God. In fact, coupling both personal and group Bible study helps us see a glimpse of just how incredibly deep and great God is and also how we can apply truth to our every day lives.
Connect To Your Church’s Mission
The largest organization in your church is its Sunday School or small groups. In fact, if your church has its act together, then your group is how your church expresses its mission in its community. The Great Commission does not have a “reserved only” sign for the pastor or staff. If your group has truly grasped its purpose, then your group is the primary strategy your church has to make disciples. Your small group is the most effective way your church has to reach lost people with the Gospel and mature those who have a personal relationship with Christ.