As many of you know, I have been a part of the writing team at my church for several months. Some of the things I write for the church are articles for our quarterly magazine and content for our weekly home group discussions. This past Sunday was a pivotal one in the life of our church. During the message our pastor challenged all of us to GO. The method of inviting people to church isn’t as effective in our culture today because we are living in a post-Christian society. The number of people with no religious affiliation is growing. Our pastor nicknamed these people the Nones. They are called nones because these are the people that when asked about their religious beliefs would say “none”.
Aside from the call to GO our pastor provided a tangible opportunity for our church. He is getting ready to launch a nine month program to train a team of leaders to plant a church on the north side of our city. Any and every member of our church is fair game for this launch. The hope is that thirty individuals would train and GO with the new pastor of the church plant. As a pastor, he admitted that is a scary task to hand over some of the congregation. He knows that through this process he will lose volunteers and tithers, but it is far more important to him that he act in obedience to God’s Word. My church is so blessed to have a pastor who is so convicted and obedient to God’s Word and calling on his life and the life of our church.
Today, I want to share with you the small group (cLife) discussion that I wrote to accompany the message this past Sunday. It’s exciting to share with you the conversations that were happening all week in about twenty homes across Columbus. Our church is all about these weekly conversations. It’s in these small groups that we really see growth as a church. Sunday is just the start.
7-10-2016 : We Can’t Stay Here
- God’s command that the church SEND and GO!
- How God uses our mission to build the church and His kingdom.
Start the night by going around and getting to know people in your group. Spend some time hanging out, and find out what everyone has been up to.
If you could plan your dream vacation where would you go and why?
Pray before discussion
If you can, describe a time when you shared your faith with someone outside of your family.
Word: Mark 16:15-16
- In these verses, what does Jesus tell the disciples to do?
- Why do you think Christians oftentimes neglect this command?
- According to Pastor Travis, who are the nones and how are they most likely to be reached by the church?
- As a group come up with some creative ways to reach the nones of Grove City/Columbus.
**1. Jesus tells his disciples to ‘go into the world and preach the gospel to all of creation.’
**2. Oftentimes Christians neglect the command to GO because they feel inadequate. They are afraid they won’t be able to answer questions about their faith or that they don’t know enough themselves to lead someone else to a relationship with Christ. Some also mistake that command for a calling to pastors or leaders only.
**3. Nones are the people of no religious affiliation. They will likely never step into a church of their own accord. These people will be reached by meeting them where they are not by an invitation to church.
**4. Examples: serving at places like Stowe Mission, talking to parents as your children play at a park, etc.
Read: 2 Timothy 2:2; John 20:19-21; John 16:7; John 14:12
- What themes do you see in these four passages?
- What does it mean when we say that our God is a Sending God?
- Reread John 14:12. What does God promise for a church who steps out of its four walls to reach the nones on the outside?
**1. God has called and sent each of us to discipleship for the building of God’s Kingdom. We’ve also all been equipped by the Holy Spirit to give us the power to fulfill that calling.
**2. Nearly every time God speaks to men and women in the Bible He is sending them on a mission.
**3. God promises greatness when we GO!