Summary: Fears, worries, and insecurities get blown out of proportion when a person is dealing with them in public. But put that person in a safe small group and vulnerability turns into strength, helping them find healing and spiritual health through their struggle.
Homosexuality is one of the most controversial topics facing the modern Christian Church. The effort by many congregations and pastors to ignore it only makes division around the topic more acute, and the witness of the church less relevant to the world. One of the safest places to explore this complex topic is in small groups, where people can ask their questions and express their fears and concerns in the safety and confidence of others who with them are seeking God’s wisdom.
The messages and testimonies provided in this five-session small group series are given by Tim Wilkins, director of Cross Ministry, Meleah Allard, Director of Truth Western North Carolina, and William Campbell. Together, they provide insight and understanding about sexual brokenness in our society to help Christians learn to show compassion without compromising Scripture. A small group guidebook accompanies this five-part series:
Small Group Topics
1. Overcoming Barriers to Cutting-Edge Ministry
2. How One Person Overcame
3. Compassion Christ’s Way
4. A Testimony of Grace and Truth
5. The Little Sins
The Importance of Small Groups & Life Transformation
Small groups have always been an important part of growth and discipleship in the church, even from its inception. In the book of Acts, we read that:
“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:46-47
The early disciples enjoyed corporate worship in the temple, but also met in smaller gatherings in their homes. The dynamism of the early church was felt in its community and lives were changed, no doubt in part because they followed the pattern of Christ. Jesus appointed a small band of men to be with him so that they might become more like him. True spiritual growth happens best when fellowship, training, and worship is experienced in a life-on-life context, through small groups.