Embrace Your Role (Chris Francis)
We have 60-something people signed up for a life group right now.
That means that there is a lot of potential for discipleship to happen through authentic community.
I say “potential” because it’s never a guarantee. Not even with great leaders. Not even with a great study. Discipleship and authentic community only happen when each person in the group embraces the role that they play.
So if you’re in a life group, YOU have a role to play in your group. Even if you’re brand new to this life group thing and think it’s weird.
So I just want to encourage all 60-something of you to ask the Lord, “What’s Next? What’s my next step in my life group?” If you ask it sincerely, and patiently listen, I believe God will put something on your heart.
It might be to:
– Get someone’s phone number (not just the leaders of the group)
– Invite someone from the group over for dinner
– Take a risk and share that part of your story that you are embarrassed about
– Admit that you don’t understand something in scripture that the group has been talking about
– Start praying regularly for someone in the group that rubs you the wrong way
– Invite your neighbor to join you at your life group
– Invite some people in your life group to join you for a neighborhood bbq
– Challenge someone about an unhealthy mindset that you’ve observed
– Confess a temptation that you battle regularly
– Stop talking so much and listen more.
– Follow up with someone who’s been AWOL for a few weeks and make sure they’re okay (and then ask them to tell you the truth).
– Support someone else’s passion by offering to help them act on an idea they have
You get the idea.
God is at work in your life group — forming deep authentic community, drawing people closer to himself, transforming hearts. And YOU get to be part of it. That is an awesome privilege.
Embrace your role.