Life Changing Groups | by Bruce Droogsma
Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said, "Sin demands to have a man by himself. It withdraws him from the community. The more isolated a person is, the more destructive will be the power of sin over him." I think that is a profound statement for us to consider as we step into the fall here at Wayzata Free. Where are you connecting? Where is your community? When I look at my life, I can see that in the times when I struggled most, I was also the most isolated, so I have found Bonhoeffer's quote to ring true.
Community does not have to look the same for everyone. Some find community in their neighbors or in a Bible Study group like Bible Study Fellowship or Community Bible Study. For others it is through a men's or women's group or a Sunday morning group. The style, format and timeframe of the group can be different and change over time to meet your personal needs, however I believe there are some distinct traits of life changing groups.
1. Life changing groups have a commitment to God's word. Whatever their location and strategy, do you have a community that values God's word in your life?
2. Life changing groups are committed to accountability. Honesty is important but accountability is the support to honesty. If I walk into a group and share a struggle but have no one to challenge me on it or no one who is willing to walk that road, how will change happen? Is your group committed to accountability?
3. Life changing groups have an "open chair" policy. True discipleship is about bringing others along. We need to have an open chair in our group ready for the next person. Not "open door" where people can go in and out, but welcome people in and encourage them to stay. Make disciples who make disciples. As you look through your calendar this fall, find community. Don't go it alone. If you need help getting connected to a group I would love to help. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.