One of the most appreciated second hours had been when we simply provide opportunity for unstructured fellowship. Coffee and sweets were brought, and we used the time to talk with all those who seem to get away from us Sunday after Sunday.
A final change of pace came at the end of each quarter when the normal groups were set aside, and applicants for membership were interviewed as to their spiritual background and asked why they wanted to become a part of the congregation.
What we learned from participating in a significant number of years of interacting around the common topic which binds us together, our faith? The general principles seemed to be:
- It is almost impossible for sensitive Christians not to respond to articulated need.
- Differences, whether of personality or on the idea level, should be a means of binding us closer together in love rather than severing us in conflict.
- Using Scripture as authority keeps the groups in check.
- The discussion groups serve as an initial phase for deeper Christian encounters.
Over the course of the next several blog posts, I will expand on each of these items.
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