Do you long for deeper Christian Relationships? Are we all doing our part?
The main hinderances of deep fellowship are always rooted in pride. As we pray and discover and consider hindrances to fellowship, we must ask ourselves above questions, and then ask the question why? Here are a few excerpts from the book I spoke about in the previous post, “Why Small Groups” to give you an idea.
Self-sufficiency. This sin announces to God and others
that we are adequate in ourselves. It reveals itself in
a lack of prayer (demonstrating our delusion that we
don’t need God) and a lack of fellowship (demonstrating
our delusion that we don’t need each other).
Formality. We can also fall into formality within
our small groups—the very place
where fellowship demands spontaneity
and openness. In fact, I’ve found the
meetings of many small groups to be
as predictable as any liturgy (and I say
this without any intent to denigrate
congregations that employ a liturgy).
The leader follows a standard pattern. The same people
pray, read Scripture, talk about their problems. Every time.
But fellowship is spiritual—“of the Spirit”—and so
should our meetings be. The needs and issues of our lives
change, and so should the content and topics of our meetings,
for the Spirit is constantly at work in our lives to
conform us to Christ’s image in specific ways. We must
adapt to his work, and invite others to help us. I’m not
advocating there be no plan or format to meetings, but
rather, that the plans include opportunities for everyone
to share the work of the Spirit in his or her life.
Bitterness. Bitterness in the context of fellowship is simply a sinful reaction to something gone awry in a relationship. Consider these areas:
Unfulfilled expectations: “I’ve invited him to
lunch, and he didn’t accept; I’ve opened my life
to him and […]