Abba Changes Everything

“Abba Changes Everything” exclaims the cover story of a past issue of Christianity Today magazine.  The article had nothing to do with the 70’s Swedish band—rather, it presented the theological basis for Christian adoption.  Abba changes everything.  That phrase stuck with me.  Isn’t that also true for more than just adoption?  That is a reality … Continue reading Abba Changes Everything

Groups That Serve Together Grow Together

It’s no secret that our society is captivated by the ideals of social action and global awareness. Our culture has established these things to be of utmost importance. Beyond mass humanitarian response to tragedies like the Haiti or Japan earthquakes, we’re constantly presented with opportunities to build a home through Habitat for Humanity, provide clean … Continue reading Groups That Serve Together Grow Together

Removing the Masks Pt. 2

This is part two of a series on the practice of confession in your community group.  If you haven’t already, click here to read Part 1.. Defining Confession While confession has a number of facets and unique expressions in Scripture, at its most base level, confession means: to be in agreement with God; to take … Continue reading Removing the Masks Pt. 2

Bonhoeffer on Confession

- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together In confession the break-through to community takes place.  Sin demands to have a man by himself.  It withdraws him from the community.  The more isolated a person is, the more destructive will be the power of sin over him, and the more deeply he becomes involved in it, the more … Continue reading Bonhoeffer on Confession

Removing the Masks

Think about the last time someone made of confessed of sin in your community group meeting.  What was the reaction by you and the group?  What did it do to the feel of the group dynamic? If you’re still trying to remember a time confession happened in your group, you’re not alone.  Let’s be honest, … Continue reading Removing the Masks

Thinking Beneath: Pursuing Depth

We’ve all heard people make statements along the lines of: “I just want to go deeper.”  I have to be honest though, in my experience it’s one of the most misused and overrated statements in church, because without any kind of context, that statement can mean anything!   Does that mean we’re not spending enough time … Continue reading Thinking Beneath: Pursuing Depth

Making the Most of Your Group Study

One of the first questions usually posed by new Community Group leaders is, “What studies do I use?”  Because studying God’s Word is an essential part of your group meeting identifying the best study is one of the foundational steps toward seeing transformation take root in the lives of your group participants.  That’s why we … Continue reading Making the Most of Your Group Study

The Privilege of Giving

A big Thank You to every one of you who took part in PV's Adopt-A-Family this past Christmas!  If you’ve participated, you know what a blessing this can be not only the families you are giving to, but for you and your group as well!  I’m reminded of Jesus’ paradoxical statement, quoted by Paul in … Continue reading The Privilege of Giving