Devotion Day 10
Community of Believers
Last night, January 13, our Mentoring Moments was a vision casting moment. We talked about groups, cell groups, house church…whatever tag you want to give it. The response that is coming back to me has been pretty neat…catching the vision.
I just got back from visiting a wonderful family in Hobart who is going through a crisis. One of the daughters in the family asked when our church services were. I told her but added that we will be launching new small groups this spring. Her response was “a small group saved our marriage.”
As I drove home, I couldn’t help but think how many marriages that are out there need a “safe place” where they can cry out for help. Because of that conversation this morning, I want to continue the theme of small groups or community of believers.
So, last night we introduced L.I.F.E. groups which is an acrostic – each letter forming a word: L - Learn, I - Intercession, F - Fellowship and E - Evangelism. How does this look and what are the keys to make it happen?
1. L.I.F.E. Groups are not just a Bible study. A mission is created in each group that comes together. Example: if a L.I.F.E. Group is a group of neighbors in a specific neighborhood or near a school, they’ll be focused on reaching that neighborhood. If a L.I.F.E. Group is made up of college students, they will be there to reach and meet the needs of college students and impact the campus.
a. In a L.I.F.E. Group, the group isn’t the mission, their mission field is. Our goal is to go beyond learning and fellowship, though good goals, and focus on mission and discipleship. In other words, “what is my L.I.F.E. Group here for…its purpose?!”
2. L.I.F.E. Group leaders are called! We’re not looking for babysitters. We’re looking for those who follow Paul’s admonishment found in Ephesians 4:1-3, “Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
a. L.I.F.E. Group leaders will be mature believers with leadership qualities.
3. L.I.F.E. Group leaders will be equipped and trained for 10 weeks. That’s not a typo, 10 weeks. We will gather weekly at Pastor Sam & Judy’s house and learn “together” how to strengthen believers, develop a mission goal, reach the unbeliever, and multiply disciples.
4. L.I.F.E. Groups will develop leaders. L.I.F.E. Groups are not a one man/woman ministry. I like how one ministry stated this dynamic: UP LEADERS, IN LEADERS, OUT LEADERS! We raise them up to operate as spiritual leaders to eventually go out as leaders. I’m done! This has been fun yet challenging as we look to the challenge of the future!
“For such a time as this…for such a place as this!