The church is coming out from a culture where the emphasis is on I, me, and my human rights. Focusing on our rights to the exclusion of our responsibility to each other manifests in the kind of society we live in. As the priesthood of all believers, we need to be reminded that we have come to Jesus as we are, however, we are not to just stay there.
When we call on God for His wisdom, He has promised to give wisdom generously to us all. He transforms our old attitudes to create a new society that manifests His character. His character can only be seen when we have intimate fellowship with one another in His grace and truth. We all have a part to play in this.
The best place to learn to connect with one another in a meaningful way is in small groups. It is in that environment that we can practice 1 Corinthians 13.
Paul directs us in Ephesians 4:2 to “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love”. We are to relate with one another with a humble attitude, we are told to be patient, bearing with one another. .We all need a place where this “one another” ministry operates.
We at All Nations focus on meeting in small groups during the week, not just on attending Sunday services. We call these groups “Life Groups” and they provide an environment which help us to grow in maturity and accountability. Our Life Group members do not meet in order to share opinions or head knowledge but are discipleship groups, where we build friendship and share in one another’s lives.
The goal of a Life Group is to do life together. In each of the groups we are concerned for each other, “if one part suffers, every part suffers, if one part is honoured, every part rejoices” (1 Corinthians 12:26). We eat together, study together, share together, pray together, serve each other, and have fun together.
God wants us to have a culture of invitation to reach out to those who have been added to the church. It is in these Life Groups that new leaders emerge, and through these groups, new groups are started. It is in this place that we can experience God’s riches and restoration that we all long for. He wants us to focus on the priesthood of all believers.
Let us make the connection and do life together.