What follows is a brief selection from a small group curriculum leader's manual (Small Group Life, from Lifeway Christian Resources). We will include additional selections in the following weeks.
- - - - - - -
The best definition I've come across for community is this: "a group of people unwilling to settle for anything less than redemptive community. " This describes a group of people unwilling to let one another continue to live out of their wounds, the lies, the agreements, and the vows.
There are times when you will bump into a question that many people will refer to as "too personal," when in fact it is only a demanding question asked to help us know more about God, identify what we really believe (at times quite different from what we say or even think we believe), and see what He is revealing deep within our own souls. A friend told me once, "God allows unfortunate events to bubble up in my life not because He is mean, insensitive, or uncaring, but because He desperately wants me to hear something vital. And even more than that, because He wants to redeem it all "