Our number one mission as Christians is to share our faith with those who do not know Jesus. The ultimate goal for being in a small group is to encourage and help equip us to tell the Good News that brought us to Christ. Unfortunately, the number one reason Christians don’t share Christ with others is that they are too preoccupied with themselves. Before you can care about others, you must become aware of them. Then start praying for them. Pray for three things:
- an opportunity to share your faith in a non-threatening way
- for God to soften their hearts
- for God to soften your heart
Your small group needs to believe God can reach the person – no one is hopeless. Jesus praised the four friends who brought their paralytic friend to Him. There are people in our world, probably in your life circles, who are paralyzed by doubts, loneliness, fears, and even in their faith. Your faith is going to have to bring them to Jesus. Your small group needs a plan to bring people to Jesus: invite friends to a backyard barbecue; have people over to your homes for dinner; spend time as a group learning about personal, relational evangelism. A small group can encourage each other to work through difficulties.
It’s not mission impossible – availability is the key. If you’re willing to love people, doors will open.