While the Bible does not formally command the institution of “small groups,” the idea of a collection of likeminded believers who desire to come together on a weekly basis to spur one another on to a greater depth of love and affection for our Savior is an excellent idea.
The kind of activity that happens in small groups has always been a fundamental part of the work of the church, as many biblical passages support:
And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts (Acts 2:46).
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace (1 Peter 4:10).
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near (Hebrews 10:24).
Lucia and I had been considering and praying about starting a small group at our local church. God blessed that desire and answered our prayer. After our initial launch meeting we began a seven week study through the book Why Small Groups? (Published by Sovereign Grace Ministries).
This book was helpful in getting our minds focused on what a small group could look like. During that season I began writing an adaptation to Why Small Groups? for our small group. This eBook represents that adaptation.
Because there is some overlap between my thoughts and the thoughts from Why Small Groups? I am offering this eBook as a free gift. You are welcome to pass it along to anyone you think it may minister to.