Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. That was his mission, and that is what we feel God is calling New Song Church to do as well.
In order to do that well, we believe our small group ministry is the main way we can get as many rescue boats out on the water as possible.
In order to get those boats out though, we need to be willing to multiply as a group. I know that can be a scary thing to do, as well as something we may simply not want to do.
“How can I get to know people if we split up?”
“If we keep bringing new people in, I won’t feel like opening up.”
“I want to be with these people because we are growing and becoming close friends.”
I get all that and I understand, but here is the truth…”Small groups are not for maintaining friendships, they are for starting them.”
We live in a county in desperate need of rescue. Unfortunately though, I feel many of these needing rescued only see pleasure boats passing by them. Boats that that “us and no more” without seeing the lost, finding the broken, and extending a hand to invite them aboard.
John 15:13-14 – “Greater love has no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.
Are we willing to lay down our life, our comfort, and convenience (individually, as a small group, as a church) for the betterment of someone else?
I know I asked this question in my previous blog post, but it’s worth considering again. “If Jesus’ mission was to seek and to save, would he be in your small group?”
We have a county that is dying, that currently have no hope, and we carry the answer. We need more small group leaders, we need more host homes, we need more leaders in training.
Small Group Leaders: Find your leader in training, find your next host home, be prepared and expectant for God to multiply your group, for His glory.
Small Group Members: Be willing to lead or host a new group, reach out, rescue.
There is someone in Whatcom County right now that would be forever changed if they were sitting in that empty chair in your group, but they won’t knock on your door – they need to be asked, they need to be invited, they need you to stretch out your hand…they need to be rescued.