The following is a guest post for our Sunday School small group leadership from a great friend of mine. Sean Rheaume is a student at Luther Rice University and Seminary and has been in Ministry for 20 years as Student Pastor, Family Pastor, Education and Evangelism Pastor. Sean’s heart is to see the church leave the building and have a true impact on our culture for Christ. He knows that discipleship through small groups is not just a key, it’s the key. He knows that discipleship is not just a part of what God has called us to. True biblical discipleship encompasses evangelism, worship, fellowship, and ministry. I hope that Sean’s call to reach beyond the usual classroom boundaries will challenge and encourage you.
I love Discipleship! Whether it is Sunday School or Small Groups or a bunch of guys with a Bible and a biscuit at an early morning Bible Study. I love Church but there is just something about a small group of people trying to figure this Jesus thing out.
Many people think that the discipleship ministry of the local church is there to educate the members of the body about the scriptures and how to apply them to your daily life. To be sure that is a role of discipleship in your church, but I want to challenge you to think a little broader as you think of discipleship. You see your group IS the CHURCH…or it should be.
Acts 2:42-43 says
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.”
They devoted THEMSELVES! Isn’t that cool?! They didn’t wait for Paul to tell ‘em. They committed, each to take care of the other.
When it comes to Evangelism, Is that something that you expect your pastors to do, or are people surrendering to Jesus through the ministry of your group?
When it comes to Ministry, do you pass it off to the benevolence committee, or does your group come together to care for one another?
When it comes to Fellowship, do you wait for a church social, or do you genuinely enjoy doing life with each other?
I want you to think of your small group/Sunday School class as a micro-church. Poplar Springs has an excellent campus, great services, and a top-level staff. It is easy to get caught up in the idea that your small group is part of a church rather than THE church.
Your Sunday School Class is THE Church.
Your Youth Ministry is THE Church.
Your Choir Ministry is THE Church.
Where is your group strongest?
What can you work on harder this year?
Great thoughts Sean. Thanks for your heart and commitment to true discipleship.
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