Why Small Groups?
God Himself is in a community of three persons in one—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—who exist in perfect unity. So it is not surprising that from the beginning, God created us to be in community with one another. Hebrews 10:25 "not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." This passage is often used in the context of encouragement, but it also speaks to our fundamental need to connect with others in the human community. What is striking about this statement is that God makes it clear that some are in the habit of doing this. We are to gather and grow in the sense of community together.
When Jesus' ministry began, he called 12 disciples to be His primary relational and ministry community. Did Jesus need this rag tag crew to help Him? No. But Jesus chose to love them, teach them, and pour Himself into relationships with them, thereby creating the first "small group."
The apostles continued Jesus' model and formed a community of believers who loved God and loved one another. Despite incredible persecution and against all odds, this rag tag group of Jesus-followers launched small communities (i.e. church) that proclaimed the gospel and changed the world forever.
Purpose of Small Groups
When we look at the early church we get a picture of small communities of people who followed Jesus together. The Book of Acts, especially Acts 2:42-47, gives us a great picture of the early church and the components of biblical community, which encompassed both the "temple courts" and "house to house." Relational structures like small groups, therefore, are an integral part of "being" the church and not just "doing" church.
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