And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another… Hebrews 10:25 Session no 4. Hanging Out
Edification What is the object of assembling together? We meet together to edify one another by a mutual interchange of thoughts and feelings, thus making one another acquainted with our aspirations, our hopes, and gathering strength and light and courage from one another... Ellen White Review & Herald 1870
Groups And Edification "An (effective) group is two or more individuals in face-to-face interaction, each aware of his or her membership in the group, each aware of the others who belong to the group, and each aware of the positive interdependence as they strive to achieve a mutual goal. David Johnson Joining Together p7
Finding Jesus In The Mundane "The King will reply, I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.(Matthew 25:40) Christians need to learn to see God in the mundane things of life. Observing God in others lives.
Albert Schweitzer "He comes to us as one unknown, without a name, as of old by the lake side. He came to those men who knew Him not. He speaks to us the same words: Follow thou me, and sets us to the same task which He has to fulfil for our time. He commands. And to those who obey Him, whether they be wise or simple, He will reveal Himself in the toils, the conflicts and the sufferings which they shall pass through in His fellowship and, as an ineffable mystery, they shall learn in their own experience who He is."
Building Commitment To Hanging Out 1.Leaders need to model a commitment. 2.Educate your leaders. 3.Create opportunities for mutual edification. 4.Share testimonials. 5.Conduct a Bible seminar using group format.
Discussion Questions 1. What level of edification (sharing) occurs in your current class-groups? For those groups that are low how could you raise the level? 2. How can you develop more meaningful prayer time in your class time and home meetings? 3. What things can you as leaders do to increase members commitment to hanging out, particularly in group life?