One of the things that Sydnie and I really did not get to participate in at our last church was small groups. Between helping to lead worship and working in the student ministry we missed all the meetings. Here at Arrow Heights we have been so fortunate to be able to meet in a LIFEgroup on Sunday nights with an amazing bunch of people. We spend about an hour eating and talking and then about an hour going through the lesson. It has really proven to me as someone who has been an overseer of many small groups the importance of a LIFEgroup in a person development spiritually and in many other facets of life.
We are currently studying Ephesians and in my preperation for last night I ran across a verse that I told our group would be a great motto.
“For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints….”
The verses continue on, but what is striking to me is the blessing that Paul is wishing for them because of the way they have blessed him and honored God by their “faith in the Lord Jesus” and their “love toward all saints.” SO my prayer become that our group would become a group known for their faith in Jesus and their love toward the saints.
May we continue to lead and lean on each other.