You’ve probably heard the expression “When someone’s ‘why’ is strong enough, they’ll figure out the ‘how’.” Well, one of the main reasons people do not join a small group is because they don’t have enough reasons “why” to overcome the fact that they may have to step out of their comfort zone. That’s why teaching on the power of groups from the stage or pulpit is crucially important. You have to give people a biblical basis for why they need to join a small group. Here are some reasons straight from the Bible:
1. Since the start of the Christian church, Christians have gathered in large groups and small groups for discipleship, fellowship, worship, evangelism and ministry (see Acts 2:46-47).
2. God created us to be in relationships – with him and with others (see Genesis 2:18).
3. We need people because life is tough (see Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).
4. Jesus’ presence is stronger when two or three are gathered in his name (Matthew 18:20).
5. Fellowship with other believers is part of God’s plan for discipleship (Acts 2:41-42).
We could go on and on with the biblical substantiation.
Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups by Nelson Searcy (Regal, 2008); pp.155-156