I read a post on the Christian Standard website the other day, though it was a few years old. It was trashing small groups and I found it . . . interesting, to say the least. It was talking about how small groups just don't work and how the "super preachers" have been trying to force this unsuccessful paradigm down the churches throat for 30 years. The author was taking a stand, and saying "It's got to stop!"
I continue to be more and more amazed at how the modernist church approach has engrained itself into the very essence of the real New Testament church. Being from the Restoration Movement, the irony of completely missing what a real New Testament looks like speaks volumes to the failure of our movement.
Even though I agree with some of the article, I contend it is not the small group that is the problem, but the modernist church service. I say, let's get rid of regimented entertainment oriented church service and have small groups Sunday morning instead!
It is hard to have a small group work, when it is not doing what it was meant to do: Worship Jesus. Small groups are fashioned more like a club, and though I like clubs, church is much better. Imagine a small group that got together to learn the Apostles Doctrine, Break Bread, have Fellowship and Prayer? Now that would be a small group! Problem is though, we can’t get anyone to get rid of the professional service!
I am soooo tired of talking about Music, Power-points, and if the Preacher is funny. This setting in pews to hear professionals perform is sooooooo removed from the NT church!
Watch 95% of the “church” disappear when the professional music and sophistry is removed.
This does not refer to small congregations of older people trying to hire somebody to bring back the “glory days.” What I want is exactly the opposite! I am talking about a small group of people comfortable enough in their own skin, that they don’t envy big churches or try to recreate services from the past. I am writing of people who don’t want to waste money on kitchens, offices, and basketball courts that stand empty 20 years later.
When a small group that doesn’t need to be entertained starts meeting together, the Spirit will move and I think Jesus will be there in the midst of them. Especially if it is on the Lord's Day, with no other purpose than to worship their Savior. Just an elementary, yet sadly, revolutionary thought.
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