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Life-Giving Small Groups

Weekly Devotionals

Life-Giving Small Groups

Acts 2:42-47
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

We just launched a new semester of small groups (BSF) this past Sunday.  When our BSF leaders gathered for the first training I shared from Acts 2:42-47 highlighting 7 healthy attributes that we can draw from the early church.  As I expound on these qualities from the passage I pray that small groups at Jubilee church will embody these qualities more and more.

1.  Life-giving small groups study the Bible together – v42 devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching
2.  Life-giving small groups live life together – v42 devoted themselves to the fellowship
3.  Life-giving small groups remember Jesus together – v42 devoted to breaking of bread: every time believers partake in communion we are remembering Jesus and the work He has accomplished on the cross.
4.  Life-giving small groups pray together – v42     
5.  Life-giving small groups are generous to one and another – v44-45 they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all as any had need.
6.  Life-giving small groups worship together – vv46-47 attending the temple and praising God
7.  Life-giving small groups bring others to Christ – v47 Lord added to their number day by day

I want to end with a quote from a man I dearly respect, honor and love.

“Christian brotherhood is not an ideal which we must realize; it is rather a reality created by God in Christ in which we may participate. The more clearly we learn to recognize that the ground and strength and promise of all our fellowship is in Jesus Christ alone, the more serenely shall we think of our fellowship and pray and hope for it.”

Dietrich Bonheoffer, Life Together