10 benefits for me of hosting a small group:
- The discipline of having other adults through the flat most weeks keeps me honest in terms of keeping my place vaguely clean.
- I run with a guy from the group before we start. Again, keeps me honest in terms of keeping vaguely fit.
- We eat a good, home cooked meal every week.
- It gives me opportunity to welcome in strangers and practice hospitality. The strangers often turn in to friends.
- We laugh.
- The Sunday sermon inspires. The mid week mulling over of the mundane and the mucky moves me forward.
- We open the Bible together and it keeps me honest – do I understand this? Am I living this out? Where do I need to change?
- I feel sympathised with, supported and cheered on.
- We pray for each other. Unsurprisingly, over time, these prayers are answered: a shift happens in someone’s work, a door opens for someone, people find grace to persevere, and others in our circles are impacted.
- I feel the presence of God. And it’s another of those, ‘hey, this isn’t dependent on a great synth player – He’s here!’
The list could go on.
In all seriousness – this is better than drugs isn’t it?!
Get involved people, get involved.