Why are small groups important? In Hebrews 10:19-25 we are told to not forsake meeting together to exhort one another. Verses 24-25 specifically say, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (ESV) If all you do is go to church on Sunday and sit in a service you are not fully doing what we are being told to do here. How can you stir someone up to love and good works that you are not spending time with? The answer is you can’t.
I am a part of a group of men who meet together regularly to invest into each others lives. We are not just gathering together as a social club but we come together around the Word of God.
Once you can become part of something like this it changes you and the way you live your life. You realize that you can no longer live a Lone Ranger lifestyle. As a group we have put on a bass fishing benefit for the family of the young boy who had a heart defect. This is how you stir one another up to good works. You do not live that out sitting in a pew just one day a week. It also allows us to come together for the renewing of our minds. (Romans 12:1-2.) It is hard to offer encouragement to people that you don’t know in an intimate way because you don’t know where they are hurting or struggling. It takes getting involved in the lives of others to know how to minister to them.
I highly recommend that you get involved in a small group, one where you do not have the distractions of children, especially with the same sex because it allows you to have an openness that you may night have otherwise. You should also try to find a group that has a variety of ages so you can glean knowledge from those who have been where you are. Even if it’s not exactly the same situation, they usually have something for you to learn from and can relate to your challenges.
Just imagine how much your life could change if you had a team of people to lean on and learn from. The richness of having a shoulder to turn to when you need to be able to get something off of your chest. A group of prayer warriors to lift up your request at the touch of a button. These are just a few of the benefits of having a group like this to turn to. It will also help you to grow in areas of your life that you never stop to take a look at. So if you have never thought about joining a small group I hope that this post has encouraged you to do so.
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Paul Horne has been married to wife Lory for over seven years, and they have two sons. They reside in Suffolk, VA, and are a part of a local church plant. Horne is currently a full-time seminary student (LBTS), pursuing an M.Div. in Pastoral Ministries. He has a heart for men’s ministry, particularly small groups. You can read more of his blog here.