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Small Group Idea: A Hole in Our Gospel

Friday, June 28th, 2013


Want to try something new in your small group this summer?  Is it time for your group to find some balance and do a “Go on Mission” study?  Then pick up/download Richard Stearns’ “The Hole in Our Gospel, read it with your small group, download the small group study guide (hole-in-our-gospel-study-guide), and discuss it.

Stearns, President of World Vision, argues that the gospel of Jesus Christ is more than just the salvation of our souls.  Instead, the gospel is holistic and requires that as “saved souls” we have a responsibility to God’s world especially when it comes to issues of social justice, such as poverty, hunger, water, education, etc.

Taking up this small group challenge does two things:

1. Introduces another way for your group to do a study.  Most of the time the Bible is the textbook for our small group discussions.  At times, it’s helpful to do something different and focus on a recommend book.

2. Creates balance in “love, grow, serve, go.”  Most of our small group sessions focus on the fellowship of being together, sharing needs, and praying for one another as we seek to grow in maturity as we follow Jesus.  Great!  That is at the core of our small group mission.  However, few groups balance out that “fellowship” focus with the biblical challenge of missions.

Healthy small groups — like healthy disciples and healthy churches — will reflect the biblical balance of all five disciple life functions. [Can you name all five?  Hint:  four of the five are listed above.   What’s the fifth function and why is it not listed?  Write in your answer in a comment below!]

Love, Grow, Serve, Go

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

A healthy follower of Christ is:


  • Surrendering his or her heart and life to Christ on an ongoing basis.
  • Experiencing fellowship with other Christians.
  • Growing in Christ through “being” and “action.”
  • Discovering and using his or her God-given gifts and abilities.
  • Reaching out and sharing the love of Christ with nonbelievers.

“Diversity in Unity” — International Day 2013

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

IBCB @ Intercultural Festival Steglitz-Zehlendorf

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

The Disciple Life @ IBCB

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Get up late on Sunday morning and enjoy a leisurely breakfast.  Chill for a while and take care of a few things around the house.  [Thank goodness IBCB has a Sunday afternoon service.]  Start getting the kids ready and begin thinking about leaving for worship.  No rush — worship rarely starts on time.

Arrive just before greeting time and say “hello” to friends.  Sing a few lines of worship songs, take time to be quiet during prayer time, listen to the message, and pass the offering bag.  Chat with a few acquaintances after the benediction then go home.  It’s done — “church” is over for the week.

If this is your idea or experience of “church” then