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Why Small Groups: Together Toward Maturity (Pursuit Of Godliness #7) [Paperback]

By C. J. Mahaney (Editor) & Greg Somerville (Editor)
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Do you want to get on the fast track to Christian maturity? Small groups provide the ideal context for "working out our salvation" together. Whether you attend a small group or lead one, this book will raise your vision and inspire you to excel in the areas of service to which God has called you. And if you don't attend a small group? All the more reason you may want to read Why Small Groups? and let it change your life.

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Do you want to get on the fast track to Christian maturity? Small groups provide the ideal context for "working out our salvation" together. Whether you attend a small group or lead one, this book will raise your vision and inspire you to excel in the areas of service to which God has called you. And if you don't attend a small group? All the more reason you may want to read Why Small Groups? and let it change your life. The authors are all pastors from various Sovereign Grace Ministries churches.

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Studio: Sovereign Grace Ministries
Pages   133
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.06" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.32"
Weight:   0.47 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1996
Publisher   Sovereign Grace Ministries
Series  Pursuit Of Godliness  
Series Number  7  
ISBN  1881039064  
ISBN13  9781881039068  

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C. J. Mahaney is the senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville. He has written, edited and contributed to numerous books, including Proclaiming a Cross-Centered Theology; Don't Waste Your Sports; and Sex, Romance and the Glory of God. C. J. and his wife, Carolyn, are the parents of three married daughters and one son, and the happy grandparents to twelve grandchildren.

John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is the founder and teacher of and the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served for 33 years as the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don't Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, A Peculiar Glory, and Reading the Bible Supernaturally.

Dave Harvey (DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the teaching pastor at Summit Church in Naples, Florida. Dave has over 25 years of pastoral experience and has traveled nationally and internationally teaching Christians, equipping pastors, and training church planters. He is the executive director of Sojourn Network, founder of, and serves on the board of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF). Dave is the author of Am I Called?, Rescuing Ambition, and When Sinners Say I Do, as well as a contributing author to Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World.

Bob Kauflin is a pastor, songwriter, worship leader, and author with over thirty-five years experience. After pastoring for 12 years, he became director of Sovereign Grace Music in 1997. He oversees the production of their albums and teaches on congregational worship through WorshipGod conferences, seminars, and his blog, He is currently an elder at Sovereign Grace Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He and his wife, Julie, have six children and an ever-growing number of grandchildren.

C. J. Mahaney currently resides in the state of Maryland.

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Getting to the Point  Feb 28, 2007
Why Small Groups? addresses a question that far too few pastors have considered: Why are we doing small groups? Many of us know how to do small groups; we understand, teach, and implement the mechanics. But why are we doing them? We need to take a big step back and try to understand the purpose we are trying to accomplish through them. In Why Small Groups?, Mahaney and fellow authors begin with the Biblical basis for small groups and the theological purpose for them.

Since the book is a collection of chapters written by individual authors, there is sometimes a lack of a cohesive strategy or model of small groups. For instance, one chapter assumes that small group members must be members of the church first while another chapter assumes a small group can be a front door for the church. In my opinion, that's not a big deal because it's not the how but the why that this book is addressing.

Some of the distinguishing characteristics between this book and many of the others that have been written on small groups include the following:

* It is written by practitioners- men who have come up through the ranks from small group member to pastors. They have seen small groups from every angle.

* It includes a thorough discussion of the doctrine of sanctification and how it relates to the purpose of small groups.

* It gives a clear Biblical and theological explanation of the relationship to and importance of small groups to the mission of the local church.

There's also a great chapter on Biblical confession, confrontation, and conflict within the group setting.

The Appendix "What It Means to Me?" by Walt Russell takes a hard look at the difficulties faced in small groups when different members bring their own opinions to the interpretation of the text. This very good essay helps leaders understand the difference between the meaning of the text and the significance of the text and how to make that distinction within the group setting.

Certainly, different traditions will find things to disagree with (male-only leadership, small group members must first be church members, etc), but the question that Mahaney is posing is one that we must address: Why are we doing small groups? What are we trying to accomplish?

Why Small Groups? addresses this important question in a clear, Biblical way.
Why Small Groups?   Aug 5, 2005
this is the best book on what a small group should be and it's place in the life of heathy local church. this a must read for pasters and laymen a like.
the heart of small groups  May 23, 2002
This book is biblically founded and helped me to see the importance(largely from the bible) of having small groups. Accountability, biblical fellowship, speaking into each other's lives is the heart of the church. While small groups cannot take the place of the local church, they are a great context in which to apply the truths we learn in church. I especially liked the part about qualifications of a leader and being motivated by God' grace. Overall, the best book ever written (theologically and practically) on the subject!
Purposeful Small Groups  Nov 3, 2001
Over the past several years of attending my church, I had heard several pastors and other leaders emphasize the importance of fellowship and community in our spiritual growth, but I had never heard anyone break down the logistics of how this occurs in a practical manner. So, over the last few months, I had been searching for some books on fellowship and community in their relation to our spiritual growth. I read 'Life Together' by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and 'Soulcraft' by Webster, but I didn't feel that either of these books got to the heart of the matter as this book 'Why Small Groups' did.

Some of the topics covered in this book that I really enjoyed were: The purpose of small groups, The definition & purpose of fellowship, and the logistics of correcting others by 'speaking the truth in love.'

All in all, I definitely enjoyed this book as it combined the very helpful theoretical purpose of a house group with the practical aspects of carrying out this purpose in community. I recommend it both for house group committed members and leaders.

teaching: accountability, application, service, fellowship  Jan 27, 1998
The premise of this book is that small groups are primarily for application of Christian teachings (rather than just listening to Bible studies). They should be a place where we have accountablility to one another, and have a chance to serve. At the same time, they should be more than just a place where we gather to exchange opinions about the Bible -- we are looking for God's truth, not just man's perceptions. In fact, I really liked this book up until page 59, where it bluntly stated that a small group leader had to be male. I do recognize that this is a valid Christian perspective, so I recommend the book even though I don't agree with the emphasis on this point.

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