Today Debi and I are kicking off our first small group at COTFC. I wanted to write about the process so that I could look back and see how God worked out the details.
I’m really taken with the example of the early church as detailed in Acts 2:42–47. It says:
“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.”
A Discipleship Roadmap
What really jumps out at me is the simplicity of what the disciples did. It wasn’t extravagant or complicated but God used it to change lives and change the world around the disciples. They focused on four main things:
- They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching.
- They devoted themselves to fellowship.
- They devoted themselves to breaking of bread.
- They devoted themselves to prayer.
What God did as a result is awesome. The people changed.
- They were filled with awe.
- Signs and wonders happened.
- They had everything in common.
- They took care of each other and showed amazing generosity.
- They were happy.
Lastly, world change happened.
- They enjoyed the favor of all the people.
- God added to their number daily those who were being saved.
What Christians Really Want
When I think about what Christians generally want (what I really want) these verses seem to check all the boxes. We want to change the world. We want to be happy. We want to see radical generosity and do real ministry. We want to experience the presence of God. All of these things are addressed here.
For this reason alone, I want to do this. Tonight I’m presenting this idea to our small group. What if we dared to attempt this? What if we gathered together weekly and hung out and ate with each other? What if we focused on the Apostles’ teaching (aka. read the bible throughout the week)? What if we prayed when we got together?
Read the bible. Do what it says. Pray. Encourage. Lift each other up.
I believe if we do this, we will be changed and God will change the world around us. Let the experiment begin!