BUILT TO LAST | Small Groups


“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:42-47 NIV)
On a typical week I am a part of 7-8 small groups. Some meet weekly. Some meet twice a month and some meet once a month. Some are very fellowship based and others are based on studying the weekly message topics. Some small groups are ministry minded and we plan activities around tasks to accomplish. Some of my groups are focused on outreach efforts or supporting others. One group is only 3 of us and another is 17. Some are with adults and others are with our youth at church. Each group is unique and is a blessing in my life. 
Why am I in so many small groups? What do I get out of them?  I guess I love small groups because I also love Jesus.  We as believers are the body of Christ.  Small groups are Jesus with skin on. Small groups are the church and not a program of the church. Small groups are where I can share my highs and lows, my hurts and dreams, my life with others who care about me. I am in a small group because I want to grow in my faith and my groups challenge me to think and pray more often. They help me discern life differently than I can do on my own. Covid 19 and recent racial inequity discussions have helped me grow as a person through small group dialogue. I have always been in a small group of Christian disciples all my life. My family small group, my Sunday school classes, my youth groups, my college groups, and now my groups at CROSSROADS. 
Small Groups are a Core Value at CROSSROADS because God built us to be in community.  We recognize that fact and want every fully devoted follower of Jesus to find a group where they can grow in discipleship. We want everyone to experience the love of Jesus through committed, caring believers. If you are not a part of a small group prayerfully consider finding a place where you can connect with the body of Christ. If you are in a small group, invite others to join you. Let’s continue to form relationships that are built to last.

Pastor Paul Marzahn

Questions to Consider:
1. In addition to temple worship, where else did Christians gather? Why do you suppose they gathered in these small groups? What do you think they gained in small groups that they could not gain in larger gatherings? 
2. Have you been part of a spiritual small group? Why or why not? If you have been a part of one, what did you enjoy about it?
3. What kind of small groups do you think we need at CROSSROADS? Would you be willing to join a small group or start one?