Reasonable Service

What one small group is doing on its summer vacation.

This summer, our small group isn't studying the Bible. We won't be praying much together either. And woship is definitely out this summer in our group.

You've given up our Christian ideals, I hear you saying. You've thrown in the towel, sold out, abandoned the call.

Not really. We're just doing things a little differently than usual. We're having picnics, playing Pictionary in the back yard, going to Cincinnati Reds games together, washing cars, baby-sitting, throwing a party and attending a few others. …

We've been planning these summer activities since we bagan our group last fall. The idea is to invite my neighbors to join us in our fun and get to know them better. We'll also be doing what you might call "service projects" around the neighborhood—nonthreatening kinds of things like holding a big free carwash on the cul-de-sac near our house, providing free baby-sitting for the young couples in our neighbnorhood so they can have a night out on the town, and looking for other opportunities in the neighborhood.

This fall we'll get back to our usual small group schedule. We'll be using the Building Your Marriage study by Dennis Rainey in the Family Life HomeBuilders Couples Series. And we'll invite all our newfound friends—a bunch of young couples in the neighborhood—to join us. Later that autumn, after they have had a chance to see that the Bible is relevant to real life, we'll do a Bible study—the book of John probably.

By then we hope our group will have grown. And we pray the Kingdom will grow too, as these neighbors meet Jesus—first through our lives, and then through our actions, and then through a study of a relevent topic like their marriages, and then through the Word.

Oh, by the ...

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