Circles are More Important than Rows
JR. Forasteros - August 31, 2014
Circles > Rows
From Series: "Branches"
No matter how much we enjoy the weekend worship experience, sooner or later, we stop growing. That's because we need more than great music and an engaging message. We need to connect with other people who are on the same journey as us. Learning we're not alone as we try to follow Jesus changes everything, and that's what Branches is all about. In a Branches group, you'll find people who've been where you are, who know the joys and pains of building relationships, work and figuring out your calling, raising a family, leaving a lasting legacy. They're people you can join with in figuring out exactly how the new life Jesus offers us changes our whole world. If that sounds too good to be true, it's not. Becoming part of a small group is the single best way to pursue a thriving, life-changing relationship with God. This is Branches. And big things happen in small groups.
More From "Branches"
Believe it or not, there’s a better way to connect with people and grow spiritually. That way is Branches, a new small group experience we’re launching this month here at Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene. We’re launching Branches because we believe a comprehensive, easy-to-join small group ministry has been missing from what we do here, and we believe that participating in a small group is vital to continuing spiritual growth. Vital – not optional or helpful or neat. Essential. As in: if you’re not regularly meeting with other people who follow Jesus, in some sort of small group, your spirituality is going to be stunted.
I know that’s a bold claim. Most of us think, “Small groups? They sound all right, but I’m here at Church already. Maybe if I had more time, but this is about all the spiritual nourishment I really need. The big worship gathering is good enough for me.”
But corporate worship isn’t enough.
If a large group experience is the sum total of your church experience, you’re missing out on what God wants to do in your life.
I understand that impulse, that thought pattern. We’ve all grown up thinking of this as church. Whether you grew up walking into a building like this every week or you just drove past them (and flipped past the occasional televangelist on TV), for most of us, Church means this big space, with all of us gathered together, singing and praying and listening to a sermon.
And you’re right. That is what Church looks like… today. But that’s not always what church has looked like, and if we take a few moments to look back at where the Church began, we find that this isn’t the only way to do church, that in fact this isn’t even the best way to do church!