3. Jesus Used Small Groups As His Model for Ministry
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Jesus could have chosen any number of methods for his ministry.
He could have transferred his ministry to one person that he had trained quite well.
He could have refused all personal relationships and concentrated on mass teaching only the Twelve.
He could have chosen a different Twelve every year and multiplied his ministry by 36 rather than 12.
He could have held classes for any wanting to attend.
But the fact is that Jesus chose the long-term, closed, small group as His primary strategy for personal community and ministry.
I feel certain that the Christian church will come up with all sorts of structures and forms to continue positive ministry during times of pandemic. I doubt that COVID-19 will be the last of its kind!
For example, 10 or so families may gather together intentionally as a small-group church which relates back to a larger church for strength, support and resources.
Another option is to consider how many should be in a normal- to small-sized group? My opinion: At least four, maybe 12, but no more. The group needs to be large enough for ministry, but small enough so that everyone can take part.
4. Jesus Placed Highest Priority on His Small Group
Jesus, who had the whole world to save, made the Twelve His priority.
The disciples came to him and asked, ‘Why do you speak at the people in parables?’ He replied, ‘the knowledge of the secret of the kingdom of heaven have been given to you but not to them’ (Matthew 13:10-11)
“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you and me. Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world” (John 17:6-26).
He died for all, but He lived for a few!
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