Posted: 8/28/18 at 11:20am. Post by Tony Brooks.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV)
Have you been missing some people lately from Sunday School/small groups?
It is still true if someone misses three Sundays in a row, there is a 50% chance that they won’t be back. We also need to be reaching new people! Here is a simple motivation for you and active members of your class/group to consider:
We grow together and become more effective in sharing God’s love and the kingdom when more people come to study God’s word and participate.
Some people may think they can be spiritual enough on their own, without a family of faith.
It is important for us to remind them of the Great Commandment: Jesus said that we are to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, and mind. I don’t believe we can love God with all of our mind unless we are in an ongoing small group Bible study.
Here is a good illustration one minister used to illustrate what can happen when we try to nurture our own spirituality without the support and community of other believers:
A minister went to a community barbecue at the home of a church family who had not been to church in quite some time because of a previous dispute. The minister showed grace and love as he greeted each person. Finally, he said, “We really miss you and your family.”
The church member, cooking on a charcoal grill, suggested they can be close to God without going to church.
The minister, without saying anything condescending, simply asked if he could borrow the tongs as the church member was getting all the charcoal together to heat the grill. The church member agreed.
The minister took one of the coals that was red hot and placed it on the ground by itself. Within minutes, the red-hot coal began to turn gray and cold. The minister got his point across. All of us need each other. We cannot fully be the family of God if some are missing.
Email me for ideas to contact members and prospects once a month throughout the year to show you care!