This session by Paul Sabino is part of First Family’s Leader Training Event held on August 24, 2013. There are two sessions. This is Session 1.

Session 1: Why We Do Small Groups

by Paul Sabino

Matthew 22:34-40

“When the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they came together. And one of them, an expert in the law, asked a question to test Him: “Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”

Love God

1. Loving God begins with knowing God.

John 17:3 — “This is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and the One You have sent – Jesus Christ.”

2. Loving God means pursuing joy in God as your greatest treasure.

Matthew 13:44 — “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure, buried in a field, that a man found and reburied. Then in his joy he goes and sells everything he has and buys that field.”

3. Loving God means obeying God as your loving Lord.

1 John 2:3-6 — “This is how we are sure that we have come to know Him: by keeping His commands. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” yet doesn’t keep His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly in him the love of God is perfected. This is how we know we are in Him: The one who says he remains in Him should walk just as He walked.”

Love People

1. Loving people means meeting the practical needs of those in our group.

1 John 3:16-20 — “This is how we have come to know love: He laid down His life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has this world’s goods and sees his brother in need but closes his eyes to his need-how can God’s love reside in him? Little children, we must not love with word or speech, but with truth and action. This is how we will know we belong to the truth and will convince our conscience in His presence, even if our conscience condemns us, that God is greater than our conscience, and He knows all things.”

2. Loving people means speaking the truth to people, even when it hurts.

Proverbs 27:5-6 — “Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.”

3. Loving people means sharing your whole life, not just the gospel.

1 Thessalonians 2:8 — “We cared so much for you that we were pleased to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.”

Make Disciples

1. Making disciples means inviting the lost into your walk with Christ.

Matthew 28:16-20 — “The 11 disciples traveled to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had directed them. When they saw Him, they worshiped, but some doubted. Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

2. Making Disciples means inviting believers into your walk with Christ.

Philippians 4:9 — “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

Group Discussion

  1. How are these 3 main focuses similar to/ different than what you’re used to in previous small groups you have either led or attended? Explain.
  2. What is one change you would like to see happen in your group that you can communicate to your elder coach for both prayer and accountability?