Growing with Wesley's Small Groups

How what they did might power up our groups today.

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Overview

Some small groups really work; some need a lot of work. What makes the difference? Coinciding with the 300th birthday of John Wesley, we look to the early beginnings of small-group ministry for answers. The small-group bands and classes started by John and Charles Wesley attracted thousands of spiritually hungry people and grew many of them into mature believers. How did they do that? How did this revolutionary small-group movement fulfill Paul’s instructions for developing true biblical community? And how could the principles that fueled them revive some of our faltering attempts at true Christian community?

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Romans 15:14–16; Galatians 6:1–2; Ephesians 5:21

LEADER'S GUIDE

    • Identify the Current Issue

    • Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: In true Christian community, believers challenge each other’s sinful behaviors.
Teaching point two: In true Christian community, believers help a fallen brother or sister through the painful process of restoration.
Teaching point three: In true Christian community, believers accept instruction from others and submit to correction and direction.
    • Apply Your Findings

ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY

    • Where Grace and Commitment Meet, by Tim Stafford (August 2003, 13 printed pages)

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