Life Groups

Multiplication

Why Stress it?

You have probably been at Christ Church long enough to hear us talk about Multiplication in groups.The idea that as group leaders, we want you to be thinking about raising up another leader in your group who could turn your one group into two! So why is this so important? If you have a solid group that has been meeting and you have really started to build community, the last thing in the word you want to do is mess that up! I get that…
But, what if I told you that the real test of true community rested in having a common purpose. Let me
show you what I mean with two examples from scripture:

img1Attitude 1: Exodus 14:10 “And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the Lord. Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness?” Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? Is this not the word we told you in Egypt, saying “Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians that that we should die in the wilderness.” The attitude here was simple, survival. Not a very awe inspiring purpose for the hebrew people. When you think about your group, is that your purpose? Survive another week, keep the people coming, get through another lesson… sigh and repeat.

Attitude 2:
Numbers 14:6 “ But Joshua son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had pied out the land, tore their clothes; and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel saying: “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land.If the Lord delights in us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people
of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.” Numbers 27:18 “And the Lord said to Moses: “Take Joshua the son of Nun with you, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him; set him before the priest and before the congregation, and inaugurate him in their sight. And you shall give some of your authority to him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.”

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Here are some practical ways to be missional and think about fulfilling “THE GREAT COMMISSION” in your life groups:

  1. Emphasize the empty chair – always leave an empty chair out and pray for that empty seat as
    representing the one person that needs to join the group. This will help make your group more
    invitational and thinking about those who are unchurched and needing community.
  2. Find a group project – think about a mission or ministry that your group is passionate about and
    find ways to help them out through out the life group season.
  3. Apprentice someone – Always be looking for the next group leader. Someone that can pray, co-lead and begin working towards leading their own group.