“They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Every day they continued to meet together… they broke bread in their homes and ate together… and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42, 44, 46-47
When we do life together, we’re more confident in sharing our faith and stretching in faith to explore the gifts God has given us to use in the body of Christ. As Christ followers, we are called to build up one another. We do that best in small group settings where faith is cultivated and grows. We’ve been exploring the benefits of a life group. Here are two other reasons why you should connect to one:
5. You will have a natural way to share Christ with friends, relatives, and work associates.
It may be that some of your friends who don’t know the Lord wouldn’t be caught dead in a church. They have some preconceived ideas about church, and just the thought makes them defensive. But those same people may be open to an invitation to a casual Bible discussion in a home, coffee shop or office setting. In a life group, your unbelieving friends can ask questions and express honest doubts without feeling “put on the spot”. When your friends see the love and warmth and honesty of your group, it will make them more receptive to the Good News. The Bible says that God added to the early church daily those who were being saved. I can’t think of anything more exciting than to see your friends come to know the Savior you know. Life groups provide a safe and accepting environment for spiritual birth!
6. You will develop leadership skills you never knew you had!
The Bible teaches that every believer is given certain talents or “gifts” to benefit others in the family of God. Unfortunately, most Christians remain as Sunday morning spectators all their lives because large group meetings are primarily “sit and listen” situations. As you share and participate in a relaxed life group setting, you’ll discover your confidence and self-esteem rising. This will help you at work, at church, and in every other relationship. You’ll move from just being a consumer to a contributor as God uses the unique gifts He’s given you to serve others.
We’ll look at the final two benefits you will experience from a life group tomorrow!