Yesterday we ran part one of Erick Alvarez journey in his walk with God. Today we feature part two. Click here to read part one.
I was considered by everyone in the small group. We shared life together. We made a Facebook group to keep each other posted, went to high school service together, hung out with each other during the week, and called/texted each other when there was a prayer request or struggle in our life. When I did something stupid, I was confronted about it. When I did something not stupid, I was given a high-five. And Hugs! We hugged a lot… The point is, I wasn’t left unnoticed
I was connected to my small group. We added a new member to our small group three weeks ago. He rolled into our small group from the outside, he’s new to church (hasn’t been to church in a long time), doesn’t really know what he thinks of God and as he saw the love between us, his hardened heart began to melt. The first thing he noticed was probably “those guys love each other”- I know that because he kept coming back. He had never seen relationships like ours but he wanted to know what it was all about.
I can’t imagine my life without those guys – they challenge, comfort, counsel and consider me through a Christ-based connection. After every meeting on Tuesday nights, I want to be more devoted to God– when I’m with them I sense that kind of encouragement. Best part about this is taking that love and acceptance into the internship I’m currently in. As a local PEACE intern I serve the community throughout the week. It’s a privilege and an awesome responsibility but it can get stressful. Having these dudes as friends makes my job much more motivating (especially when two of them show up at random times, another one interns with you, and your leader tells you he accidently set a small fire at your desk during the weekend!!!).
Tips for every small group leader/member that wants a purpose-driven small group:
- The small group lesson should encompass what they need to hear not just what they want to hear
- The small group should learn to bring their whole-self into a trusted relationship
- The small group should intentionally make sacrifices to show love
- The small group must apply The Cross to everything