As you would have gathered by now I am passionate about both community and communication. Small Groups, just like any other church ministry, face the great danger of becoming simply forums for useless chats. No outcome, no change, no influence. That would be terribly sad.
So often the believers and consequently the Church have been excelling at theory and failing miserably at pragmatism. Yet it wasn’t meant to be so. I truly believe that God’s word isn’t meant to just inform but also to transform us and others through us.
As Paul suggested in his aside to his young apprentice Timothy: ‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.’ The Bible is meant to inspire, shape and transform us.
Here are some practical ways you can ‘push’ yourself and your LG or even the Church towards an overflow of action. They are not meant to be used as a set of rules or a programme of self-improvement. As James suggests in his letter, actions are essential but they must be an overflow of a heart and mind that are stirred by the Word of God and enabled by Spirit of God.
In the next few days I will look at three steps in particular that will help us bridge the ‘application gap’: pray, plan and practice. These steps might help you personally, your group and even your church.
To be continued…