Rule of thumb: If you have a home group that is part of a larger church with weekly services, and you’re wondering what to do in the next home group meeting… discuss the sermon. You don’t have to prepare much, you don’t have to be a great teacher. (By the way, this makes it easier to raise up new home group leaders.)
All you need to do is take notes during the sermon, and be able to start a discussion. The message on Sunday posed some really good questions regarding being “fishers of men”: What are the ponds around you? And what are those fish biting on?
So to get the ball rolling last night, I asked the following opening question: Tell us about the person who was most influential in bringing you to faith. This is a fun icebreaker because you get to hear people’s stories of how they met Jesus.
I have used this question before in other groups, but last night I was surprised. More than half of the group shared that their search for God led them through Eastern or New Age religions. And a significant number shared about direct supernatural encounters. Is it because we’re in California now and not the Midwest, or is it that times have changed?
Kay asked a great question: Given the stories we heard about what drew us closer to faith (and what repelled us) and about the supernatural leadings of the Holy Spirit, is the standard evangelical approach we were taught as young Christians still meaningful, or is God calling us to reach out in a different way? What about being soft in relationships and aggressive in prayer?
So I gave this assignment: As we are in contact throughout the week, whether in person, by phone, or by computer, take some time to pray for each other’s outreach. Mike added to this: In addition to those people you normally hang around with anyway, contact someone in the group whom you don’t normally get in touch with.