Thursday, September 04, 2008
According to the Willow Creek study Reveal, weekly participation in a small group directly relates to maturing in Christ over the long-haul:
People who say they are "Exploring Christ"...18% are in a small group regularly
People who say they are "Growing in Christ"..32% are in a small group regularly
People who say they are "Close to Christ"....41% are in a small group regularly, and
People who say they are "Christ-centered"....43% are in a small group regularly.
These folks are "Saying" they are one of these based on their survey results--not just a single question.
The point here is clear, I believe. Relationships are a key ingredient in spiritual formation and maturity.
Whether you are a staff member or a new Christian I ask you, "Are you regularly meeting with other believers to pray and study God's word?" "Are you serious about becoming more like Jesus?