steve & michelle
My husband and I had been in a small group before and met some wonderful people who we still feel connected to. Joining a small group was not a difficult decision, just one we had to finally make together and make a commit to just do it.
It’s amazing how God puts people together, regardless of age differences, into these groups. My husband and I are a little older than the other couples in our group – but God is working in each of our lives, and by sharing those intimate details with each other, He is able to close that age gap. In our very first gathering, the barriers of “strangeness," "newness," and "nervousness” where shattered. The Holy Spirit was working to provide a safe atmosphere which allowed for some deep sharing and true honesty amongst the group.
Like in any situation in life, if you are able to identify with people – what they are going through, what they are thinking, and how are they coping, it allows you to be a part of the whole. It helps make a large church like Crossroads feel more approachable and friendly. Joining a growth group is kind of like going to the gym. It takes a lot of gumption to go, but once you are there – you really enjoy it and have a good time!
On our first night of group, it really seemed like satan was at work. Friday nights are busy for us – after getting home from work with weekend traffic, picking my daughter up from the babysitter, picking up my other daughter from soccer practice, take them home and getting them ready for their evening plans, all within narrow time window – was hectic enough. Then, we found out our dog dog ran away while we were home getting ready. At this point, we were already 45 minutes late for our group. While looking for the dog, I verbally said out loud, "Satan you are not going to prevent me from going to this group!!" This mindset is something that you have to have to be successful in your Christian life. It seems like Satan is attacking us all the time, and looking for ways to defeat us. God knew when He put in scripture all the verses about fellowship: Romans 1:12: ..that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. & 1 Thessalonians 5:11: Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. I love seeing God at work and being amazed at how his faithfulness is real and evident not only in my own life and marriage but in others.