Excerpt from Spirituality for the Rest of Us by Larry Osborne
The primary reason to be in a small group setting is not to learn more Biblical information. It’s not to develop great friends. It’s not even accountability.
It’s connectedness. Belonging to a small group, small church, or any other form of close and transparent relationships velcroes me to the people and information I’ll need when a need-to-grow or need-to-know crisis shows up.
For instance, when it comes to spiritual growth, the Bible obviously plays a major role. According to the apostle Peter, it contains everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).
But the problem is that the Bible is a big book. Few of us know all the answers or life principles it contains. If you’re like me, you’ve probably turned to it for help more than once only to be frustrated by the I-know-it’s-in-there-somehwhere-but-I-can’t-find-it syndrome.
That’s where those of us who chose to treat Christianity as a team sport have a special advantage. Even when we don’t have a clue what, if anything, the Bible says about a particular situation, we invariably know someone who does–or someone who at least knows someone who does.
But those who choose isolation and lone-ranger spirituality have no such luck. The only quick Bible answers they’ll ever find are the ones they already know.
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