CCF Sermon Notes
Speaker: Pastor Peter Tan-Chi
Testimonies: Venus Raj, Pastors JP Masakayan and Ricky Sarthou
What are small groups?
A small group is a group of believers who meet to encourage each other and to learn about God and God’s word. It is a space for accountability without judgment. Jesus modelled the small group when He chose and mentored the Twelve.
Acts 2:41-47 NIV
41: three thousand were added to their number that day
How did they minister to group? Through small groups
46: Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,
They met everyday! Imagine meeting every day, going to church every day! The early believers met every day in large groups, then broke apart into smaller groups.
42: They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
This is what we are to do as we meet. First, we are to devote ourselves to the apostles’ teaching, that is God’s Word, the Scriptures. Second, we are to devote ourselves to the fellowship, to have accountability, to be encouraging and spurring each other on. Third, we are to devote ourselves to the breaking of bread, the Lord’s Supper. Fourth, we are to devote ourselves to prayer. This prayer is a collective prayer. We pray together for each other, not separately and for ourselves. It is easy to pray for ourselves; it is not so easy to pray for others, instead of ourselves. (This doesn’t mean praying for ourselves is bad.)
I John 1:3-4 NIV
We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you may also have fellowship us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.
Fellowship with God is foundational. We must first have fellowship with God, before we can have an intimate, meaningful fellowship with people.
Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not up meeting together, as some are it of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
We are not to give up meeting together that we may encourage each other to love and to do good. We should not give up meeting, because we are most vulnerable to Satan’s attacks when we are alone, isolated.
Hebrews 3:13 NIV
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
We were not made to be alone. “No man is an island.” We need others, not just in the sense that we can’t all be farmers, bakers, and chefs in ourselves, so won’t have need or use for others, but also in that we need each other to grow as people. It is difficult to be accountable to oneself only.
So we should train ourselves and encourage each other to do good, to continually be devoted to God’s Word, fellowship, breaking bread and prayer.
I Timothy 4:7b-8 NIV
rather, train yourselves to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
The physical is temporal. It will not last But godliness is eternal; it persists even after the grave. When people die, they are known for who they are, what they did, not what they accumulated. It may be said of them, “He hoarded wealth,” but his wealth is not memorable; his attitude is, his character is, his morals are.
At the end of everything, what will we be remembered for? What do you want to be remembered as? As someone who sought God or as someone who sought the world?
How will you spend your life?