Solomon wrote this in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” This is a passage I’ve used several times to teach on the importance of being in a small group.
Have you ever seen someone like the person Solomon mentions when he says “pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up?”
Have you ever seen someone fall financially with no one to help them up? Have you ever seen a couple fall in their marriage with nobody to help them up? Maybe you’ve seen someone who had a serious illness in their family and there really was no one there to help them up other than family?
So here’s the question: If you were to face a situation like one of those, who in your life has permission to ask “Are you ok?” Who won’t except “I’m fine” as an answer? Is there anybody? Or is there a group of people in your life that if you were to fall – in your marriage, financially, something happened to one of your kids, you lost your job – they are already in place to help you back up?
That’s why Solomon says we are better together; we’re stronger together. And I believe that’s the power of being in a small group. But here’s the tricky part. Small group, authentic community, is a lot like retirement savings: if you wait you won’t have it when you need it.
So, don’t wait. Connect with a small group and begin building relationships with people that when you need help in life, they will be there. And when they need help in life you will be there. I guarantee you, one day you’ll be glad you did.
Here’s a list of small groups that are coming this October. I hope you’ll connect with one of them this semester.
See you Sunday,