In the next few weeks, we will be starting up a new season of ‘Small Groups”. This year, we will be discussing a book written by Paul Miller, titled “Love Walked Among Us.” The book examines “…how Jesus treated the people he encountered, because it’s in ‘little moments’ with friends and family that most of us reveal our true selves.”
Jesus’ call to love is one of the most difficult challenges we face. The way he wants us to love is not always aligned with how we want to love; but it is much better! The book explores questions like:
How do you love someone when you get no love in return-only withdrawal or ingratitude?
How do you love without being trapped or used by the other person?
How do you love when you have your own problems?
When do you take care of yourself? How do you love with both compassion and honesty?
What is love?
Miller writes with integrity, combining stories of Jesus’ life and ministry with his own personal, real life application. Rather than “study” the material, we just want to open it up to discussion. Your Small Group is an opportunity to get to know Jesus in a deeper and more real way. It is about discipleship and growth, as a community and as individuals.
Miller writes: “Love didn’t just walk among us. He can indwell us. Jesus repeatedly told people “In me you’ll find your deepest needs met – your need for forgiveness, love, hope, belonging, and purpose.”
We strongly encourage you to sign up for a group! You will not be placed in a “ward”, but will have the opportunity to join the group of your choosing when the signup sheet goes around. You can choose a group that is close geographically, or you can choose a group you will feel comfortable in; or better yet, you can choose a group that may stretch you and allow you to meet some new people.
In her review of the book, Joni Eareckson Tada writes “In every way, Jesus’ life exemplifies the full potential of what we were intended to be. And the better we know him, the more we will be drawn to follow his perfect example.”