4 Things Jesus Did in His Small Group
Jesus did many things in his three-year ministry. He healed the sick, He preached and He obediently went to the Cross. He also led a small group. This shouldn’t surprise us. We can look at His life and we can see how He did it, and we can also see the incredible results of His leading and teaching. He invested time into a group of men who turned the world upside down.
So, what did He do, and what do we need to do so we can follow His example?
He Invited Them
Luke 5:2728 says, “After these things He [Jesus] went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, ‘Follow Me.’ So he left all, rose up, and followed Him.”
Tax collectors were not liked. People didn’t trust them and felt they were extortionists and robbers. Yet, Jesus asks this man to join Him. He takes the initiative. He looks at the man’s heart and sends out a simple invitation to join his “small group.”
Here’s the application for us—every person who comes to Grace Chapel, either physically or online, is invited to join a Lifegroup. And, if you a Lifegroup leader, learn from Jesus’ example.
He Invested in Them
Matthew 5:1–2 says, “And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them.”
Luke 11:1 tells us, “Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.’”
In his book, Jesus on Leadership, C. Gene Wilkes wrote, “He [Jesus] taught how kingdom people live. Jesus taught His disciples about humility, greatness, and being first in line. He was always looking beyond the obvious words and actions to the thoughts, motivations and benefits behind them. Jesus didn’t merely give His followers information; He led them into seeing life in a different way.”
At Grace Chapel each Lifegroup will study based on biblical truth. That’s exciting, but even more than that the Lifegroups will be about our individual stories and how God has molded, shaped, used and taught us. Ultimately Lifegroups are not just about passing out content; they are about life—just as Jesus taught His small group.
He Cared for Them
Matthew 8:23–25 says, “Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We are perishing!’”
As we continue to read the passage we know that Jesus calmed the fierce storm. He showed compassion and caring for His small group.
Jesus paid attention to ordinary human needs. His disciples had seen Him heal people; feed people and they were in a capsizing boat where he calmed the sea. They witnessed, first hand, His compassion for the crowd. In all this Jesus showed His disciples what to do and He extended his care to them as well as we see in the boat. Jesus cared for His small group’s needs.
Friends, Lifegroup relationship at Grace Chapel provide loving care through the storms of life. When people get together, study God’s Word, pray and fellowship, deep feelings surface and develop into caring friends who are there, in those storms, for you and me.
He Served With Them
Luke 8:1 says, “Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him.”
Jesus led by example. He took His group members out into the surrounding communities and demonstrated how to lovingly share with people in need. They served together.
Each Lifegroup has the opportunity to serve. There is tremendous power when believers work together for the greater good of the church or the community. As a Lifegroup member, you can show people God’s love in many unique and special ways.
Lifegroups are a vital part of Grace Chapel. It’s so important as we grow bigger that we also grow smaller. Being actively involved in a Lifegroup is one way to do just that.