I’m a huge proponent of Community Groups, Small Groups, Cell Groups, or whatever your church calls their groups. I get the privilege of working alongside a great group of guys who all have a passion to see people draw closer to God through community. However, I’m not ignorant enough to believe everyone thinks groups are the best way to make disciples. Today, I want to ramble for a bit about one of the arguments I always hear against groups.
Many people dislike groups because they are sold on a model of making disciples that involves one teacher teaching extensively while the students/pupils/attendees sit and frantically take notes. So the question is: can solid Biblical teaching and groups co-exist or are they absolutely independent of one another? Some would claim that they can’t exist together, but I would absolutely disagree.
I’m currently in a group that just finished reading through Tim Keller’s book “The Reason for God.” Our group is made up of Christians and non-Christians, regular church attenders and people who love Jesus but not the church. Yet every week we have great conversation about the latest chapter we read that week. We discuss, and teach one another from our unique perspectives and from our unique studies. Here’s the kicker though, I’m supposed to be the leader, but I’m learning something every week. In a teacher/student model I’d be the guy talking for 45 minutes, but in the community model I’m one of the ones learning.
The beauty of conversation over note-taking is that often we learn more from conversations that taking countless pages of notes.
We see that application in others’ lives and realize how it fits into ours. Just because there isn’t a head “teacher” in a group, doesn’t mean there isn’t learning happening.
Have you been in a conversational Bible study before? Was it easier or harder for you to apply the lesson to your life than from note-taking?
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