August 16, 2015
Small is More
In the first message of the Kingdom-Minded Vision series, Andy introduced three fundamental characteristics of God’s kingdom. First of all, God’s kingdom is Christ-centered. Secondly, it is others-oriented. Thirdly, it is self-sacrificing. Jesus communicated the heart of this vision when he addressed James and John’s request for glory in Matthew 20:20-28.
Andy also gave us a vision for how Hope Church will advance God’s kingdom through small groups. Borrowing from the vision of Dave Browning in Deliberate Simplicity, Andy laid out a plan for the church to reach people for Christ through focused, prayer-soaked, team-oriented small groups. As Dave writes in his book, “small is more.” And through this small groups approach, we have the opportunity to take a posture of evangelism and outreach that is dependent upon God through prayer, focused on the people to whom we are already connected, and accomplished by a team rather than individuals.
There is great potential in small groups. We can do more to advance God’s kingdom as a focused group of 10 then we can as a scattered collection of 100 individuals. God’s plan, after all, has always been that we gather together in groups called churches. As Andy said, “God is not making Christians; he is making churches.” Our dream for Hope Church is not to become a church of a 1,000 Christians, but to be a church of a 100 churches called small groups advancing the kingdom all over central Ohio.