“I’m busy, I don’t do good meeting new people, it’s not my thing, and I don’t have anything in common with anybody.”
These are all excuses we use not to attend a small group. Hey! I get it. I too have used the same excuses after a long week or day.
If you just give it a try I know you will see the true benefits.
We all go through different stages in life where groups have certain benefits to us. Sometimes, I needed them because I didn’t know if I could make it one more day on my own. Other times, I was that person that someone else needed to be around for encouragement or to know that they are not the only one going through the same situation. It also helps us to be around other believers depending on our work, school, or social life.
Depending on where you are in your walk with God can determine what your reasoning is for going to church on Sunday or attending a small group over the weekend. I believe for a mature Christian or even a new believer that we can do more than just go to church to receive something for ourselves. We can also help serve others as we were helped when we first became believers. That’s a huge part about groups as well – coming together and edifying one another. We shouldn’t just do this on a Sunday morning.
I believe groups are the netting that holds the body of Christ together. As we open ourselves up to more individuals. We understand that everyone is going through something. We can all help each other out in some way and that can only bring us closer together.
I remember a time when a single mother was coming to our family group and mentioned that she was stressed out about having to move the following week. It was just her and her three kids. How were they going to move their entire belongings by themselves? She couldn’t afford a moving company and there is only so much someone can do alone. Knowing what was going on several people in the group with trucks offered to help her move that following weekend. There have been other times where people just needed the support of people praying for them or that coming to church on a Sunday and coming to groups was the only time they were really around other believers.
So next time those thoughts pop in your head about maybe trying to find a way out of going, maybe try and think of what could come out of me going to groups tonight.
By: Matt Draffen