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Don't Just Survive Alone - You Can Thrive in a Small Group!

By Ryan Singleton

Small Groups have launched for the Spring Semester!

Just the other day I was taking the trash out when I spotted my new neighbor out of the corner of my eye walking down his driveway. I called out to him, “How are you doing brother?” He smiles, shrugs his shoulders, “Oh you know - I’m surviving!”

For many of us, that’s what this season has felt like, hasn't it? Many of us have been waiting around hoping we can get back to normal life - whatever that is anymore. We are tired of being isolated - we want normal human interaction again!

But, there is something you could be doing in this season that could absolutely change your life! Something fun, rewarding, which not only improves your well being and your family, but also contributes to helping those in your community.

I’m talking about joining a small group at Orchard Church! For years I didn’t understand what the fuss was all about in joining a group. But after attending a small group with the same group of friends for the past two years - I believe it’s something everyone needs!

Why should you join a small group? Here are 3 reasons:
  1. Community
  2. Care
  3. Contributing

One thing that this season has revealed to all of us is that life can be miserable when it is lived alone. We are built for community (yes even you introverts out there). It’s not enough just to survive.

If you want to thrive, then that is going to include living your life with other people.

Imagine being in community with a group of people who help each other move, celebrate promotions, and cry and pray for one another in times of hardship. That group doesn’t just become your “small group.” They become “like family.” That’s something that all of us long for!

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

If you don’t have FOMO yet (fear of missing out) - you definitely will after I describe this reason for joining a small group. Small groups have a strong level of care in them. People truly care about each other - they pray for one another, eat together, set up meal plans, have fun and laugh together.

Everyone needs a small group for the highs and lows of life. You never know when you need extra support or people to rally around you. You never know when your family member is unexpectedly in the hospital. During these times your small group is your lifeline.

“Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take interests in others too.”
(Philippians 2:4)

If you are not plugged into a small group then it’s so easy to watch or attend church on a weekend and then move on with your life. But with a small group one of the goals is to contribute! Not just to each other, but to the community or city you live in!

The small group leader will ask the group, “What is one way we can all serve together?” Whether it’s volunteering at the local homeless shelter, running a 5K to help fight cancer, or collecting school supplies for the local school. I’m convinced we are the most like Jesus when we choose to serve.

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others…” (Matthew 20:28a)

Don’t just survive during this season - thrive!

In order to do that it takes being in relationship with other people. At Orchard we have several types of small groups - sermon discussion, men, women, Bible studies, online only, widows, divorced, family friendly, financial peace, singles, etc.

Choose to thrive! Join a group today -  https://www.orchardgroups.com

 

 

Tags: Relationships, Self

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