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So, what happens in a small group? Life! Because small groups are more intimate, you'll feel more comfortable to share in the daily routine of living. In this environment, you'll experience the full gamut of living this wonderful gift of life in many ways through:
Finding support and encouragement
Building new friendships
Hearing stories of faith
Sharing in the incredible joy of community
Growing deeper in knowledge of the Word
Discovering spiritual gifts...and much more!
These small groups will serve as the basic building blocks for this new ministry. For the most part, the Lord desires to take the "small things" of this world to demonstrate the greatness or bigness of His Kingdom; i.e., the Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, which, "though it is the smallest of all your seeds." (Matthew 13:32); the Kingdom of God is like yeast "that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough" working in a hidden way, it will pervade the entirety of a person's life giving it a new quality. In other words, if you want to THINK BIG about the Church...get small.
Here at River's Edge, small group life is not an afterthought but will carry the bulk of the work and privilege of its ministry. In leading small groups the past 25 years, we have discovered that the "small group" is the most effective and faithful means by which to make and grow disciples. We refer to these basic building blocks as H.O.M.E. (Homes Open for Ministry and Encouragement) Groups and/or Life Groups with their primary purpose to mobilize its participants into mature followers of Jesus Christ. For more information, please see Resources & Workshops.
The bigness of God's Kingdom is often revealed through the small things. The concept of "THINK BIG--get small" was first designed by its author, K. Craig Moorman, and then presented as a sermon series in 2006. It has become a foundational piece here at River's Edge Ministries. There is a particular life that is described in the New Testament, Acts 2:42-47, that describes the way the early Church lived out its life through the power and blessing of small groups meeting in homes: "And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And fear came upon every soul; and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common; and they sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they partook of food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved." Small groups were an integral component of early church life. They were small enough to allow individuals to minister to one another, share their spiritual gifts, and be discipled in the Way of Christ. Also, like a stealth jet fighter penetrating enemy territory, the small group can more aptly penetrate and bring light and yeast to a dying culture. We believe that this type of fellowship, referred to as koinonia, is essential to the life of a believer. It is a lifeline.
This small group environment can provide a place that is safe and free from many of the world's daily distractions (Matthew 11:28-30). It can provide a place to be one's self and share hopes and dreams as well as pain and brokenness. Such a shared life together should convey a new sense of freedom and grace. It is a place of unconditional love and joy where one should, finally, feel at home (1 Thessalonians 2:17-20).
Where do you go-and to whom do you turn-during a time of crisis? I imagine "the Church" wouldn't be at the top of your list. Do you remember the TV comedy series, Cheers, with the following words from its theme song: "Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name and they're glad you came. You wanna be where you can see our troubles are all the same. You wanna be where everybody knows your name." Most of us crave to be known and are desperate for close relationships. Sometimes at any cost. Here at River's Edge, we hope to create a place of community where anyone from any background can be connected in deep and authentic ways. The following quote presents a serious challenge to the question, what does it mean to be the Church:
"The neighborhood bar is possibly the best counterfeit there is to the fellowship Christ wants to give His Church. It's an imitation, dispensing liquor instead of grace, escape rather than reality, but it is a permissive, accepting, and inclusive fellowship. It is unshockable. It is democratic. You can tell people secrets and they usually don't tell others or even want to. The bar flourishes not because most people are alcoholics, but because God has put into the human heart the desire to know and to be known, to love and be loved, and so many seek a counterfeit at the price of a few beers. Christ wants His Church to be unshockable, democratic, permissive-A fellowship where people come in and say, 'I'm sunk!' 'I'm beat!' 'I've had it!' Alcoholics Anonymous has this quality. Our churches often miss it."
(The Edge of Adventure, Bruce Larson & Keith Miller, p. 156)