Acts 2:46-47 Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.
God is a Divine Family. The Trinity was a family/community before man was ever created. When He created man in His own image, that image contained the design for family relationships. Ephesians 3:14-15 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every (KJV the whole) family in heaven and on earth derives its name (identity).
The creation mandate seen in Genesis 1:26-28 (be fruitful, multiply, and subdue the earth), was about God joining His family together who would pursue his mission in the earth. This idea of family on a mission is at the heart of God’s design for church. When we look at Jesus preparing His disciples for their mission in the earth at the last supper dialogue (John 13-17), we see a similar pattern. The majority, 75%, of the last supper instruction was centered on relating with God and those He joins you to in a way of life. This was the foundation of the other 19% of instruction that was about His departure and our mission in light of it. It was about God building His family for mission.
The Bible begins with His family walking in God’s mission together, and ends with His family in the culmination of that mission at the great family event, the marriage supper of the Lamb. Revelation 19:7-8 Let us celebrate, let us rejoice, let us give him the glory! The Marriage of the Lamb has come; his Wife has made herself ready. She was given a bridal gown of bright and shining linen. The linen isthe righteousness of the saints.
Family is at the beginning, the end, and is woven throughout His plan. We desire to cultivate these family relationships on mission through our small groups. We call our home groups both home groups and community groups because not all of them will meet in houses. Some may meet in other locations. These home groups offer support, leadership development, spiritual growth, and serving opportunities, all designed to help us accomplish God’s mission in the earth.
The purpose of small groups is to connect and grow authentic relationships with God, each other, and our neighbors as we engage in His mission. It is about building family on a mission. They are a main way for the church body to become like family. In small groups, people talk through life issues, eat together, pray together, laugh together, and serve others together. In short, it is where we live life together in family as we engage His mission.
In order to truly be connected to the House of God, not just a building or Sunday morning meeting, it is important to participate in both Sunday gatherings as well as small groups. Smaller groups are designed to facilitate relationships among God’s family. Both types of gatherings (Sunday mornings and home groups) meet different needs in the spiritual health of the Church as well as individually. This is why every member needs to be part of both.
Even Jesus needed to walk with a small group in order to engage in the mission of God. If He did then so do we!
Small groups meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday nights are various homes throughout Crawford County
For more information about small groups, contact Covenant Harvest Church at firstname.lastname@example.org