The small group ministry has always been our church’s “bread and butter” (colloquialism for describing our basic function for our church’s livelihood). Throughout the history of our church, people have said that various aspects of the church helped them grow spiritually, but hands down, the small group ministry is always in first place.
We have been calling our small group ministry as LIFE Groups because we believe in the words of Jesus when He said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (Jn 10:10). The NKJV translates the word, “full” as, “more abundantly.” In the original language, it carries the idea of something being superior in quality or quantity. This is why we can be assured that when we find “life” in Christ, we are experiencing life that is far greater (exceedingly abundant) and beyond measure. It is life that is out of this world.
This is our passion – we want people to experience life in Christ, which will transform even the hardest of hearts. Then they will want to share this life with others around the world.
Yesterday was our first LIFE Group gathering in Jakarta (JKT). One of our alumni who is on assignment with the Singaporean government opened up her apartment. I was blessed when she mentioned that she saw God’s provisions in her life as a means to be a blessing to others.
We first started off with an awesome meal, then I re-casted the vision for the importance of LIFE (Love, Investment, Faith, Enjoyment) in our small group ministry. We broke up into smaller huddle groups; and then, we shared our testimonies and prayed together.
It was a great start. Later this week we are going to start a LIFE Group for Karawaci.
As we were driving back home, I was reminded of the importance of laying down a good foundation when it comes to starting a new church. Whatever we do in the beginning stages will eventually be the DNA and the platform, in which we will grow in the future.
I am amazed at what God is doing.
Our team was excited for our 1st LIFE Group gathering at the Four Seasons Residence