by Zach Terry

Small Groups
Zach Terry
Exodus 18

Tonight we are beginning a series where we look at the nuts and bolts of a local new testament church. Tonight we are starting with - small groups.

From the beginning God said, ''It is not good for man to be alone''

God created you unfinished so that you would only be complete when you are engaged in a larger group.

In a day when communication is at it all time high…so is isolationism and loneliness

The trend toward isolation surfaced in the last U.S. census figures, which show that one-fourth of the nation's households -- 27.2 million of them -- consisted of just one person, compared with 10 percent in 1950.
American Sociological Review found that the average American had only two close friends in whom they would confide on important matters, down from an average of three in 1985. The number of people who said they had no such confidant soared from 10 percent in 1985 to nearly 25 percent in 2004; an additional 19 percent said they had only one confidant -- often their spouse.
This isolationism can be found in any social group… from college students to mid-lifers to senior adults.
YOU NEED COMMUNITY - Lost people know this!
Do you remember the Television show Cheers? Listen to the lyrics of their theme song.
Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got.
Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot.
Wouldn't you like to get away?
Sometimes you want to go

Where everybody knows your name,
and they're always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see,
our troubles are all the same
You wanna be where everybody knows
Your name.

Think about it, a show built around 10 people coming together from different walks of life. A Doctor, a Mail man, a coach, a bartender, with nothing in common except that they all like to gather together and drink beer.

And for 10 years all of America watched that small group gathering.
After Cheer went off the a ...

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