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Life Together, Part 2

Posted by Roger Hendricks on

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common.  Acts 2:42-44 NIV

There are four spiritual disciplines that these early Jesus followers were devoted to … and you can either circle these in your Bible or fill in the blanks with these four Christian practices …  Apostles’ Teaching, Fellowship, Breaking of Bread, and Prayer!

Last week, we examined together the first two of these practices the Apostles’ Teaching and Fellowship. We specifically described the importance of living out these disciplines within our small groups here at Southwest.  Our goal for these small group fellowships is that they not simply be Bible Studies, but that instead they are truly gatherings of people who are doing life together.  We long for our small groups to be so much more than simply a Bible Study.  The focus of a Bible Study is oftentimes simply accumulation of information or gaining of knowledge.  Now I love gaining more knowledge, and yet we have to be careful as Scripture reminds us …

Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 1 Corinthians 8:1 NRSV

The goal for our small group ministry is not storing up knowledge or information but instead our goal is life transformation … so that we can each become more like Jesus Christ!   Let me repeat: Our goal is NOT storing up of knowledge or information, but we want to help each other experience life transformation so that that we are all becoming more and more like Jesus!  This is why we are going to continue to emphasize the importance of us creating a culture here at SWC that in our small groups that we cultivate an environment that we are living life together alongside other Jesus followers so that we can be devoted together to the …

Apostles’ Teaching, Fellowship, Breaking of Bread, and Prayer

So even though some of our small groups are not meeting throughout the summer, we want to make sure that we are continuing to do life together (#swclifetogether)! So we have encouraged each small group at SWC to make sure that throughout the summer months of July & August, they are scheduling opportunities to have fun together in activities and outings, share a meal together, and by all means go serve together!  Every week here at SWC, we have a list of service opportunities (mission trip, Gospel Mission, Victory Project, Bogg, etc.) in the bulletin … so look for an opportunity and/or be creative and do something “New” serving together in Jesus name!