But all too often my fellowship within the body of Christ has been more superficial and casual. I seldom develop close relationships with others; even though I crave them. I willingly and freely share surface chatter; while struggling to share anything that is below the surface. Far too often I flounder along on a solitary spiritual journey that never seems to go very far. I freely admit that it is my own fault; but it is a problem none-the-less.
This summer, while hiking through Oregon, I was challenged to leave my comfort zone, to trust God, and work to develop a greater sense of intimacy and commitment within the church where I serve. The Small Group ministry that Kitsap Lake Baptist is beginning had its genesis somewhere north of Crater Lake with God impressing Acts 2:42 on my mind. Hours, and miles, were spent on this passage and on how to bring something like it to life within the body of believers I am a part of.
How will we know if our Acts 2:42 Groups are a success? If we find Acts 2:46-47 happening; the church praising God and worshiping, hanging out together, having a good reputation in our community, and growing from those who want what we have; then we will have done well.