There is a lot of hustle and bustle at the holidays. The to-do list is unruly, the to-buy list is unmanageable, the to-be list is unreasonable. And yet we often bow before these unrelenting goals and strive to do, to buy and to be out-of-proportion with our time, income, and personality.
Did you know there is an antidote?
Join a small group on Sundays or Wednesday night (for women).
You are probably asking, “You want me to add something else to my list?”
Yep. Here are three reasons why.
Reason 1. Place and time to meet with God. These small groups at CNC were started with a specific purpose in mind. You will get many benefits, but the main purpose is one. The focus is on God. Isn’t that simple? At this hustle-bustle time of year, doesn’t it feel good (emotionally, spiritually and physically) to refocus on the Creator and Reason for the Season?
At 9:30 on Sunday mornings you have two choices.
- Behind door number one (okay, really it’s door #11) you can attend Ray’s class on the book of Romans. Ray is going through Romans slowly and thoroughly. He’s studying to answer all the questions he has had about this book. Attend his class to get your own questions answered. This group is an on-going group.
- And behind door #9 is where a group of women are learning how to become godly wives. Sandra and Susan are leading this group through seven traits (a wife can cultivate) that impact a husband for good or ill. Some of these traits are not natural and maybe not even popular. This week’s trait is Adapt (#2). This group will end January 16, 2011.
At 11 am on Sundays you can sit in on Ron’s class. He is teaching on church history in America. Ron is passionately interested in this topic. He has written the book for this class and often passes out support material. Going to this class will give you a balanced and thorough view of God’s involvement in the history of America. This is an on-going group.
Wednesday nights at 7, Untamed is a group for women and led by Carol. The tagline for the book says, “How the wild side of Jesus frees us to live and love with abandon.” The information and questions in the book will challenge some of your ideas about Jesus. Patsy Clairmont says this book made her “laugh out loud and want to fling [herself] more wholeheartedly into [her] faith. This group ends January 19, 2011.
Reason 2. Place and time for community. Expectations are high during the Holidays: expectations we have for others, they have for us, and even the ones we have for ourselves. Carrying around and living by these expectations sure gets tiring and lonely. It tends to isolate us.
So again I say, join a small group.
Members in these groups are grappling with Scripture, voicing their confusions, and sharing their prayer requests. Many lay down some self-imposed armour to get real. And many find a hand of welcome on the shoulder, a hand lifted in prayer on their behalf and a hand of help up when one has fallen. It’s a place to find community during a season of frenzied activity that would rob us of such. It’s a place to find a friend.
Small groups are a place and time for three things. (1) They are a place and time for meeting with God to learn about Him, about how He can make a difference in our lives and about how He intersects with history. (2) Small groups are a place and time to meet with others in a meaningful way. (3) And they are a place and time to give to others in a purposeful manner.
Reason 3. Place and time for purpose. Each of us was created with certain skills and given certain gifts when we become a Christian.The Bible says we are to use these gifts for the benefit, for the purpose, of building up the members of the church. Encouragers are to encourage. Teachers are to teach. Givers are to give. Mercy people are to show mercy. And so on. We need each other in order to be properly “cheered on.” You have a purpose and a “job” that only you can perform.
Let this Holiday Season be all it can be because you added one item to your to-do list. Join a small group today. If you have any questions, want to host or lead a small group, contact me (Susan) at 635-5992 x14. Just so you know, I regularly satisfy my small group craving by attending a small group (as a participant).