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PERSONAL MINISTRIES PERSONAL MINISTRIES THE POWER OF SMALL GROUPS THE POWER OF SMALL GROUPS 1. INTRODUCTION.

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2 PERSONAL MINISTRIES PERSONAL MINISTRIES

3 THE POWER OF SMALL GROUPS THE POWER OF SMALL GROUPS 1. INTRODUCTION

4 The church is Gods appointed agency for the salvation of men, its mission is to preach the gospel to the entire world. (Mat. 28:19-20; AA, 9)

5 This task will never be finished until the membership unites in the work (GW, 352), and the essential Latter Rain cannot come until the largest portion of the church are… laborers together with God. (RH 7/21/96)

6 The greatest help that can be given our people is to teach them to work for God, and to depend on Him, not on the ministers. (Testimonies, 7:19)

7 Every church should be a training school for Christian workers. (MH, 149)

8 One who cannot err has advised the formation of small groups as a basis of Christian effort (Testimonies, 7:21-22).

9 SMALL GROUP - GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT GET TOGETHER EVERY WEEK TO HELP EACH OTHER: SMALL GROUP - GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT GET TOGETHER EVERY WEEK TO HELP EACH OTHER: SPIRITUAL LIFE REVIVAL IN JESUS FULLFILLING THE MISSION

10 SG – WHY? PEOPLE TEND TO BE INDIVIDUALIST, NOT BECAUSE THEY LIKE, BUT BECAUSE THE SOCIETY IS LIKE THAT. HOME WORK SCHOOL HOME

11 FELLOWSHIP FELLOWSHIP REVIVAL REVIVAL MISSION MISSION SG – GOALS

12 QUALITY GROWTH QUANTITY GROWTH SG – OBJECTIVES

13 FRIENDSHIPFRIENDSHIP FELLOWSHIPFELLOWSHIP SPIRITUALITYSPIRITUALITY LIFE OF SERVICE PERSONAL TESTIMONY HOPE AND FAITH NEW LEADERS CONSTANT GROWTH SG – RESULTS

14 SMALL GROUP A new style of Christian Life SMALL GROUP A new style of Christian Life

15 Let small companies assemble in the evening, at noon, or in the early morning to study the Bible. Let them have a season of prayer, that they may be strengthened, enlightened, and sanctified by the Holy Spirit... Angels of God will be in your assembly. You will feed upon the leaves of the tree of life. What testimonies you may bear of the loving acquaintance made with your fellow workers in these precious seasons when seeking the blessing of God. (Testimonies, 7:195)

16 study the Bible study the Bible prayer sessions prayer sessions lovable fellowship lovable fellowship sharing experiences sharing experiences Small Companies

17 What is a Small Group? Small Group is a weekly meeting of people in order to Study the Bible, Prayer, Fellowship, and Testimony. 1. Fellowship 2. Testimony 4. Study the Word 3. Prayer 6 to 12 people Weekly meeting

18 THE POWER OF SMALL GROUPS THE POWER OF SMALL GROUPS 2. BIBLICAL BASIS

19 Moses Judged the people alone. … and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening. Exodus 18:13 … and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening. Exodus 18:13

20 Jetro to Moses The thing that thou doest is not good. Exodus 18:17 The thing that thou doest is not good. Exodus 18:17 I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee... Exodus 18:19 I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee... Exodus 18:19

21 Jesus And he ordained 12, that they should be with him... Mar 3:13 He called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose Luke 6:13

22 Jesus Chose a small group Taught in small groups (Mat. 13:36) Trained His small group Sent His small group (Luke 9:1-2) Organized small groups among the multitude (Luke 9:14)

23 Apostolic Church And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ. Acts 5:42

24 Paul… unto Philemon… and to the church in thy house. PHILEMOM 1-2 Apostolic Church

25 Temple Houses FellowshipPrayerWordTestimonyFellowshipPrayerWordTestimony

26 THE POWER OF SMALL GROUPS THE POWER OF SMALL GROUPS 3. THE BASICS

27 Weekly Meetings Number of participants 6-8 (No more than 12)

28 To know the Plan To know the Plan To prepare the Leaders To prepare the Leaders To organize the Work To organize the Work To prepare the Church To prepare the Church To start the Meetings To start the Meetings Overall Mission

29 1 st Step To know the plan: - To study the plan - To choose the coordinator - To pray for the plan - To elaborate a calendar - To be commited to the plan The Basics

30 To prepare the leaders: - To present the plan to the pastor, elders… - To study the plan: Church Board and PM Committee - To determine functions - To visit church families 2 nd Step The Basics

31 3 rd Step To organize the work: - To choose the small group leaders - To train the leaders - To advertise the plan The Basics

32 4 th Step To prepare the Church: - Week of Revival - To promote the plan - To organize the groups - To advertise the place of the meetings The Basics

33 5 th Step To begin the Meetings: - To show a model meeting to the leaders - 5 or 6 meetings to get acquantance and revival - Permanent Meetings with visitors - The goal of the group is to grow and to multiply The Basics

34 The Pastor should: Know the importance of the plan Know the importance of the plan Be the key person to implement the plan Be the key person to implement the plan Motivate and train the leaders. Motivate and train the leaders. When he is unable to do that, the Small Group Coordinator should do it. Key Person The Pastor

35 4. The Small Group Leaders Leader Associate Leader Secretary Host

36 Be faithful The Leader Qualities Be a disciple Be led by the Spirit Be willing to serve Desire of saving souls

37 Fellowship - 15 min. 5. Small Group Program Testimonies - 15 min. Prayer - 10 min. Bible Study - 30 min.

38 Small Groups: Preparation for missionary work There is great need of self-examination and secret prayer… Personal effort for others should be preceded by much secret prayer… Power of Prayer, 77

39 Small Groups Small Groups A new style of Christian Life A new style of Christian Life

40 Let small companies assemble in the evening, at noon, or in the early morning to study the Bible. Let them have a season of prayer, that they may be strengthened, enlightened, and sanctified by the Holy Spirit…

41 This work Christ wants to have done in the heart of every worker. If you yourselves will open the door to receive it, a great blessing will come to you. Angels of God will be in your assembly…

42 You will feed upon the leaves of the tree of life. What testimonies you may bear of the loving acquaintance made with your fellow workers in these precious seasons when seeking the blessing of God…

43 Christ will come into your hearts. It is by this means only that you can maintain your integrity. (Testimonies, 7:195)

44 In a special sense Seventh-day Adventists have been set in the world as watchmen and light bearers. (Testimonies, 9:19)

45 Eternity stretches before us... Every day that passes brings us nearer the end…Time is short, and our forces must be organized to do a larger work. (Testimonies, 9:26- 27)

46 I saw jets of light shining from cities and villages, and from the high places and the low places of the earth…

47 God's word was obeyed, and as a result there were memorials for Him in every city and village. His truth was proclaimed throughout the world. (Testimonies, 9:28)

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