One of the greatest things I am learning as I grow in my walk with God is the importance of community among believers. Over and over in scripture we see that biblical community is laid out as a must for the gathered church. But, I do believe there has been one group of people within the body of Christ that has either missed the idea of being in community or refuses to believe they NEED biblical community. Continue reading “The Brotherhood is a Must”
Through this 5 part post, I have shared with you the questions that our Koinonia Groups (small groups) use every week at Anchor Church. Just a quick reminder:
1. What’s been your greatest struggle this week?
2. What’s been your greatest blessing this week?
3. What’s a passage from the Bible that has spoken to you this week?
4. What’s something that happen this week that only happen because God was part of the situation?
And finally, today the fifth question is: Continue reading “5 Questions that Have Changed My Life pt. 5”
Hey everyone! Sorry for the delay. As you can imagine, Easter is a busy time and I was focused on the last two weeks and did not have a chance to finish this series. I will finish the last two parts this week.
So, we have covered the first three questions that we use in our K-Groups. Question number 4 is as follows… Continue reading “5 Questions That Have Changed My Life pt. 4”
So far we have covered the first two questions we ask in our Koinonia Groups at Anchor. “What is your greatest struggle this week?” and “What was your greatest blessing this week?”
The third question is very important to the biblical community. Continue reading “5 Questions That Have Changed My Life pt. 3”
In my last post I discussed the first question we use in our K-Groups to begin the discussion process each week. “What has been your biggest struggle this week?” is the question that allows us to get started.
The second question we use is: Continue reading “5 Questions That Have Changed My Life pt. 2”
For much of my time in ministry, I always felt like my job was to teach people as much as possible in the smallest amount of time possible. I have come to realize that as we gather in biblical community (Koinonia Groups at Anchor) we can actually learn and be edified greater by listening to each other. Therefore, when I began to develop what our small groups would look like and do, I tried to figure a way for people besides just the “leader” to talk. How would I do this? Ask good questions. Since we began our K-groups, we have asked the same five questions most every week. This has been a great tool for helping every person in the group hear struggles, celebrate victories, study the Bible, and set goals. I have shared these questions with a few people who have asked. They always encourage me as to how much they feel the questions will help them as they seek to make disciples. Therefore, I thought it would be helpful to share the “5 Questions” as we call them. I will also share a little bit of the foundation for each question. You can take and use them or you can just call them “dumb” and use something else. This will be a 5 part blog that I will try to post over the next couple of weeks. Now to question number 1:
“What has been your biggest struggle this week?”
In 1 Kings 19, we see Elijah with a huge struggle. Jezebel is out to kill him. He is questioning God’s plan and finds himself in a very dark place. What was his response? He ran away from everyone. Now, the Lord is good and He sought Elijah and had a very special time with him. But, we know that the tendency of people within community is to run when hard times come. As strange as that seems, we want to be alone when we need encouragement the most.
So, every week as we gather in K-groups we put all our cards on the table as the very first thing. We want to remove all mask from the people in the group. We want to flee from masquerading around behind something that is gripping our life. I will tell you, just be ready. Everyone in the group should be ready. Because this will lead to a necessity for shepherding by all the people in the group. Their will be brokenness, tears, anger, fear and even the tendency to hold back. But, we must be honest with our brothers and sisters and allow them to shepherd us. After all, the Gospel is for all situations. Stayed tuned for part 2 in the next couple of days.
A few years back I came to grips with the fact that God was calling me to plant a church. After much prayer (and argument with God), I realized that He was calling me to plant in Sikeston. This was not my first choice, not even in my top 10. There are many churches in the town. I have relationships with many of the pastors, heck, I love most of them! I even had a friend who planted a church just 2 years prior in Sikeston. Why Sikeston? As I surrendered to where He was calling me, I began to try and figure out what a church plant was. Here are some things that I either thought or heard people say:
1) Get a building, start a service, do it better than anyone else. 2) Focus on community. Build strong relationships within the core group. 3) Be the hands and feet of Jesus. Find out problems in the city and be good news to those issues. 4) Have great publicity.
There were many other things that I do not want to bore you with. But, these were the prominent ones. And, I say AMEN AND AMEN to most of them (except #1). But, as I have been praying, preparing, studying, fasting and seeking God, it has been revealed to me why God has me in Sikeston. It is the fact that our city needs to meet with God. More than anything else, Sikeston needs to encounter God! More than they need another church or another service organization or another voice for change, WE need to see Him face to face! And, God has called us here to be a part of that. Hear me, a PART! God has and is using the churches that already are in the city and for that I am thankful. God is working in the city and for that I praise His name. So, I am praying that in all places that call themselves church in our city, let us seek to meet with God. Not focused on having the best worship, the best preaching, or the coolest service…but focused on MEETING WITH THE CREATOR! That is why God has us here. He makes all things new and I believe our city will be better for a pursuit of God by His children. I believe seeking God will do away with petty arguments. I am confident that if we are seeking God, those who are far from Him will be interested in that venture as well. And the cool thing is, when it all comes down to it, we realize we will never find Him because HE FINDS US!
As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?” (Psalm 42:1-3 ESV)