I wonder if many of our churches and small groups have become the churches of Sardis and Laodicea. They have the reputation of being alive, but many are dead killed off by a fatal disease called Agenda-itus. I wonder if these groups' deeds are not complete in God's sight because they are not fulfilling His mission. They believe they are rich because they study the Bible and pray together weekly, but I wonder if they are not actually wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.
I wonder if Jesus stands outside the door of many of the homes where our small groups meet and knocks. "Let me in!" He cries. He has empowered us with His Spirit to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth, and yet some of us sit in our cozy homes, not willing to carry the Good News down the street much less around the world. We are so busy "doing Bible study" that we apparently do not have the time or interest to do what the Bible says!
I wonder if Jesus would spit us out of His mouth if He were to observe what happens (or doesn't happen) in most of our groups. I wonder if He is waiting to return because His church has not yet fulfilled His commission.
It's time to wake up our small groups and allow the Spirit to transform our groups into true spiritual families that minister to and with one another by the Holy Spirit's power. That may mean getting out of our safe routines and agendas and letting God take control.
You see, a real Christian small group is more than a meeting, more than a Bible discussion, more than what's on the agenda, and the real leader of a small group is not the person we usually consider the leader. The person we often call the leader should be the human facilitator of the Holy Spirit's leadership. That has huge implications ...