Last Sunday Pastor Glen preached on Acts 2:42-47. There is a lot going on in that passage. The early church was devoting themselves to hearing the apostles teaching (i.e. learning discipleship). They met together in the temple Courts (large group worship). They took care of each other’s needs (ministered to the body). They excitedly shared their faith in Jesus with friends and people they met (relational evangelism). And, they, regularly, met in their homes to eat and enjoy each other’s company (fellowship). As a result, thousands of people were impressed and came to saving faith in Christ. Most small groups in, most churches today, pretty-well practice the fellowship, worship, and discipleship parts. They, occasionally, do a fair job in the ministry department; the evangelism part, not so much. That’s what the researchers tell us.
We have a lot going on here at FBC. Our church “mission” says that we gather to: “meet GOD, connect with one another, and embrace opportunities to impact our world for the good.” The more we embrace and implement the practices (purposes) of the first-century church, the more we will be like them and see similar results. We are encouraging our Life Groups (and any others) to do this. We want to (and will) add more groups, include more people, grow more spiritually and impact our community more.
We had a good experience at our Life Groups Expo last month. In the early spring, we are planning for a Life Group Fest – a celebration of all things Life Groups – stay tuned. In addition, we will institute classes related to discipleship, ministry and faith sharing. These studies will also be available for groups to use, along with training for leaders. Again, stay tuned.
Back to Glen’s preaching: following his current sermon series, a study guide will be available for each sermon about What Kind of Church Are We?” Individuals and groups will be to watch the sermons online and do applications. Try it out.