Breaking Down Walls 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 Breaking Down Walls 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

Breaking Down Walls Pt. 1

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 Breaking Down Walls Pt. 1

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

Leadership is Stewardship, Pt. 1

Ever feel overwhelmed by the task of leadership?  Or perhaps unprepared or unequipped for what it takes to lead others?  That’s a good thing!  The reality is: the task of leading others toward transformation into the likeness of his Son is overwhelming and quite outside the scope of our own capabilities.  Leadership is not merely … Continue reading Leadership is Stewardship, Pt. 1

Saying the Hard Word…Pt. 2

As a leader you will at some point encounter a situation in which you have to say the hard word.  That’s part of the task of leadership and an inevitable reality in group life.  Building on the principle of balancing truth and grace laid out in Pt. 1 of Saying the Hard Word let’s take … Continue reading Saying the Hard Word…Pt. 2

Saying the Hard Word…Pt. 1

One of the most remarkable descriptors of Jesus Christ is that He came “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).  What is so remarkable about the very nature of Christ is that it is so unlike our human nature.  Everyone, including us Christians, tend to lean in either the “grace” camp or the “truth” camp.  … Continue reading Saying the Hard Word…Pt. 1