Sometimes it's hard to develop close relationships in a large group setting (not taking away from the awesomeness that is large group meetings haha xP). Small groups offer a more intimate and personal environment for spiritual growth and godly fellowship. It encourages honesty, openness, vulnerability, and sisterhood/brotherhood in Christ through His Word, prayer, and of course, fellowship. And it's fun! Join one now! :o)
A Fishermen Article on Small Group
"Small Group 101"
The vision for small group was to enrich personal understanding of Jesus and to cultivate a renewed fellowship with Christ through the study of His Word, individual and corporate prayer, and through fellowship within the body. In order to pursue fellowship with Christ, there are two requirements: consecration by the word of God and prayer. - 1 Tim 4:5. We strove not only to establish a firm foundation and security with His word and prayer, but to seek practical, personal and possible application in our daily lives. Also, outreach and inreach are two areas that deserve an imminent and special attention.
A spirit of unity, not uniformity, could be achieved through collective effort, which is inspired by the Holy Spirit. So let our body be a place of spiritual barter where you exchange gifts with others for mutual edification. With one heart and mouth may we glorify our God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. - Romans 15:6.
We, the small group leaders (sgl) were partially responsible for building an edifice to the foundation already grounded or even setting up the foundation itself. Whatever the case might be, let our actions and words be tested and approved by the Spirit so that the Truth may prevail. I challenge the members to reflect upon the lessons presented during the small group sessions and pursue a personal reexamining of the lessons in order to teach, rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness. - 1 Tim 3:16.
A word of caution. Please remember and respect God's Sovereignty and not consume our minds and squander our allotted time to philosophize and intellectualize theology. Rather, we should stimulate our minds to utilize and implement efficiently the knowledge and the secrets that are already revealed.
- From Fishermen '97 - 15 years ago! Woot Fishermen! =)