The Fourth of July holiday weekend came and went. What did your small group do to celebrate together? Did you fire up the Weber and sizzle-up all varieties of meats? Did your group show support for the local baseball team? Did you pack up the kids and go on a camping trip? What did you do together?
I ask these somewhat rhetorical questions for a very succinct purpose. To communicate an expectation; that social events are a regular part of your small group calendar.
The Gospel impacts all of life not just “religious” activities—like praying, and reading the Bible. That’s why I believe so strongly in the importance of believers “doing life together”. It’s a phrase I often toss around regarding small group life at the church I serve. “Together” includes the good, the bad, and everything in between—all the stuff of life on which the Gospel comes to bare.
Unfortunately, Christians in general and small groups in particular don’t take (or make) enough time to celebrate the good things that God is doing in us and through us. We share prayer requests, but rarely praises. We tell of the struggles we’re dealing with, but seldom discuss the victories we’ve enjoyed.
Because the Gospel impacts all of life, our small groups should remember that when “doing life together” we need to get out celebrate once and awhile!