The New Testament is clear that we need others. None of us are equipped or called to live as loners. J.I. Packer says,
“We should not think of our fellowship with other Christians as a spiritual luxury, an optional addition to the exercises of private devotions. Fellowship is one of the great words of the New Testament: it denotes something that is vital to a Christian’s spiritual health, and central to the church’s true life…The church will flourish and Christians will be strong only when there is fellowship.” (J. I. Packer, God’s Words, Baker Academic, 1998, p.193)
Small Groups help us to provide a context to build relationships and grow in godliness. The Sunday meeting is irreplaceable but it cannot be the only context where we have fellowship with other Christians. The goal of a small group is simple—to grow in godliness with the help of the Holy Spirit and other people. We need others to care for, confront, love, encourage, help, console, laugh and live with us. So, for our church, membership equals small group involvement.
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