Hebrews 10:24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, Hebrews 10:25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. 1John 1:3 what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.
When it comes to assembling together most Christians think of coming together in a church building. Although this is a good way, it is not the only way. You can come together with a fellow Christian on the back porch, over a cup of coffee, a group of farmers standing around a tractor, in a shack, in a cave, in a coliseum, a Sunday school class, etc.
A short time after I joined my Pastor in a bible study, a young man, Wayne Allen informed me of a meeting at our church to be conducted by a Tom Bussard. Tom was the representative for the Navigators in eastern Iowa. The purpose of the meeting was to recruit Christians to participate in six thirteen week sessions, with a break between each session, spread over 2 years. Faye and I committed to a group of 12 led by Wayne and his wife Jeanine. Three groups of 8-12 were formed, led our Pastor, plus another man.
The meetings were to last no more than 1-1/2 hours. The format at each meeting was based on each member participating in daily scripture memory, daily bible study, a record of key impressions of their daily study, be prepared to share at the meeting, and daily prayer time. The leader’s job was to facilitate the meeting to make sure all of the agenda was covered, plus not run overtime. The meetings consisted of: Opening prayer, rehearsing verses together, short cake and coffee time (social time), Sharing of weekly bible reading time, group prayer, men a women’s separate bible study time, about 25 minutes, summary of the evening, ending prayer. The meeting must end on time, but if any one wanted to stay for a while to drink coffee and eat left over cake (if there was any) Wayne welcomed them.
Thanks to the Lord, Faye and I made it through the whole two years, what a blessing it was, what fellowship with the Lord and others. We became closer to brothers and sisters in Christ, and learned more than we ever would in a large corporate setting. We learned 65 key verses, how to pray in a group, how to lead a bible study, how good Christian fellow ship could be. Faye and I attend New Hope’s Sunday & Wednesday services, plus participated in a Sunday bible class and was blessed by them all, but if you are not involved in a good small group serious bible study, you are missing out on a super opportunity to learn and grow in Christ.