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To: Gamecock; xzins; Corin Stormhands; P-Marlowe; RnMomof7
Small groups within churches that do not foster commitment to corporate worship and thus to the means of grace are enemies of the cross of Christ. The premise of such groups is that word and sacrament are not enough to meet individual felt needs. Everyone is different, so everyone must be met on a different level. Some have daily sins to confess and to be absolved from and some don't. All have something different they need or want from the church salad bar on Sunday morning. This is a malignant American individualism, and it smells of Lucifer's droppings.

Interesting passage and one I'd like to share with anyone who has a hand in Church planting / growth, for comments

8 posted on 01/25/2005 11:00:21 AM PST by Revelation 911
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To: Revelation 911; Gamecock; xzins; P-Marlowe; RnMomof7
Interesting passage and one I'd like to share with anyone who has a hand in Church planting / growth, for comments

Of the few things in life of which I am most certain, the fact that I know I'm not called to church planting is among them.

That said, I think that's a very harsh reading on small groups. Granted, if they detract from corporate worship they can be harmful. But I think for most, that is not the intent.

9 posted on 01/25/2005 11:13:26 AM PST by Corin Stormhands (All we have to decide is what to do with the crap that we are given...)
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To: Revelation 911; Corin Stormhands; P-Marlowe; The Grammarian; jude24

In my opinion, small groups in the church do not work if they exist simply for social reasons. They've got to have a focus that brings them together.

Even if it's just a group of veterans that get together to play spades and end the hour with a bible study, it is amazing how the focus need + Christian devotion binds them together.

As you can see, I reject the author's viewpoint.

I had one young, exhuberant disciple that I sponsored as student pastor of a church in Cincy, say, "What about a Pub Group, Chaplain?"

I wanted to answer as a prohibitionist, traditional Methodist, but then I thought: "Jesus probably would've visited the pubs of the publicans."


10 posted on 01/25/2005 2:47:13 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It!)
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