Luckily (or providentially, depending on your world view) he was on the other side of a board room table. I did have the urge to punch him, though. I was saved by the width of the table.
What got me mad enough to punch him? Believe it or not, it was his assumption that small groups are good for connecting the unconnected but you still need something more to make disciples.
Remember the scene in A Few Good Men right after Jack Nicholson admits to ordering the code red and tries to break away from the two MPs and throttle Tom Cruise? That’s how I felt. I was close to lunging.
Why? Because I don’t believe that. The assumption that small groups are about icebreakers, potlucks, and the occasional game of Twister makes me mad. The notion that making a disciple requires something more substantial than a small group makes me lunging mad!
I don’t know if you’re there or not. If you’re not…consider this:
Jesus had no printed curriculum. As far as we know, He wasn’t teaching a systematic theology course. When His closest followers criticized a group that wasn’t using the same approach, Jesus rebuked the disciples.
I think we can be sure of certain things. When He invited them to come and see…that’s what they did. His closest followers became like Him by learning to do what He did. They spent time with Him in a group. They watched Him. They asked Him questions. They questioned His methods. They tried what He told them to do (sometimes they walked on water and some times they sank).
They were not perfect. They never had a real graduation ceremony. They argued about who was the greatest. They doubted Him.
But…when He knew they were ready, He said, “as you are going, make disciples.”
Can I remind you? Never let anyone tell you that you can’t make disciples in a group. They were with Jesus…and they changed the world.
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