The other day I was talking to a friend of mine who is also a high school small group leader. He told me of an example he was using with his students about how they can get the most of out of being in a small group and I loved the idea. Loved it so much I’m stealing it and using it tonight with my group.
He and his co-leader are telling their students to think of being in a small group this way, imagine that they are giving them ten thousand dollars. They are giving it to them now in their freshmen year and over the course of the next four years they need to invest the ten thousand and make it grow. At the end of four years, at the end of their senior year in high school they need to give the ten thousand dollars back. Once you do that, what do you have to show for it?
Was small group just something you did for a few years, you showed up once a week had a snack and socialized with your friends and then sat there quietly while others participated in the group? You never got in the habit of having a quiet time everyday and you didn’t reply on prayer and reaching out to your brothers in small group for help.
Or did you do just the opposite and really invest your time and effort in small group. You reached out to others; you made a quiet time part of your day- everyday not just once in a blue moon. You put on your suit of spiritual armor to help battle the inevitable spiritual warfare that will come your way. You got deeply rooted in your church and in God so that when winds of trouble came you were able to stay standing and not get knocked down in the wind.