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How to start a fellowship

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How do we go about starting a fellowship? Wouldn’t it be great if we had a simple little formula we could apply and instantly have a fellowship? I don’t have a formula, but I do believe that, just like in planting a crop, there are certain things we can do to increase the odds for […]

Fellowship Is Essential

Another variable that affects our lives involves the way God relates to groups, nations, or corporate entities, and how everyone in such bodies of people can receive the consequences of corporate sin. There are times when what one person experiences is due to God’s grace, reward, mercy or wrath on an entire group of which […]

Developmental Stages of a Fellowship

Through the years I’ve experienced the joy, and at times the pain, of both hosting and belonging to a small group. These groups have been related to my work, personal, and religious life. At times I’ve been confused by what seems like the continually changing nature of the small group, asking myself, “Why can’t things […]

10 Characteristics of Godly Community

1. Inclusive Be witnesses unto the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8). For God so loved the world…that whosoever (John 3:16). 2. Diversity God will have all men to be saved (1 Tim. 2:1). 3. Authenticity Speaking the truth in love (Eph. 4:15). Don’t lie to each other (Col 3:9). 4. Mutuality Be devoted […]

A Godly Way To Handle Persecution

There is nothing more certain than the fact that we will face adversity. Some of this will be natural. For example, if we want to learn to hang glide or do technical mountain climbing, we will find gravity to be a serious adversary. But this is not a personal thing. Gravity adversely affects everyone who […]

Running a Fellowship

Know your purpose What type of fellowship are you forming? There are many different types of fellowships, and usually the type of fellowship is described by the group’s main activity, such as, prayer, teaching, study, outreach, etc. A fellowship can focus on numerous activities or it can specialize in one type of area. The success […]

“The Leader” vs. “Providing Leadership”

One of the things that commonly prevents fellowships, home groups, and churches from forming is the issue of who is going to be the leader. Several scenarios are typical. A natural leader arises from a group and assumes responsibility for moving it along. Sometimes this works, if the leader is a kind and sensitive person […]

How To Teach

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Homiletics: Modern definition: “The art of preaching.” Webster’s 1828 definition: “A branch of practical theology, which teaches the manner in which ministers of the gospel should adapt their discourses to the capacities of their hearers, and pursue the best methods of instructing them by their doctrines and examples.” Getting started: When you begin to think […]

Sharing Your Faith: Embracing Patience & Process

Sharing your faith with someone can seem daunting, and sometimes overwhelming, as it is often hard to know what to say. I run into people all the time that either think they don’t know enough Bible to share their faith with people or think that they aren’t any good at it and so don’t do […]