Christmas outreach: work together as a group
By Rick Warren
— November 28, 2009
Some men arrived carrying a paraplegic on a stretcher. They were looking for a way to get into the house and set him before Jesus. When they couldn't find a way in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof, removed some tiles, and let him down in the middle of everyone, right in front of Jesus. Impressed by their bold belief, he said, 'Friend, I forgive your sins.' Luke 5:18-20 (Msg)
Seven ways a small group can reach people for Jesus
#6 -- Your small group must work together to get the job done.
Have you ever tried to carry someone on a stretcher with only three people? It doesn't work. If all four of the friends hadn't helped, the paralytic would have fallen off the stretcher.
Some people will only come to Jesus through a group effort. Studies have shown that people come to Christ faster when they come through a supportive environment!
That's why small groups are so essential in bringing people to Christ.
When you talk to someone at work and it's just you and that person, you're the only witness. If you're able to bring them to a group event -- particularly one that is fun -- they'll go, "Wow, these people aren't goofy. They aren't religious nuts. They're normal people."
Jesus says that "where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." (Matthew 18:20 NIV) This means when we reach out to others, we're "working together with one mind and purpose." (Philippians 2:2 NLT)
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