CCCH Life Groups
An Introduction to a CCCH Life Group Series
If you look up the word perfection, you won’t find the apostle Peter’s picture there. And, oh, by the way you won’t find any of our pictures there either. There is something about being human that eliminates the ability to be perfect every day of every year for a lifetime. Most of us will say something like “Well, I’m only human” and leave it at that, but it wasn’t God’s intention for us to give up so easily. This writer believes that the hardest Bible passage to live up to is this statement by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount: “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matt. 5:48, NIV) Really!
Humanity, meet Peter! This is the man who was first to proclaim Jesus Christ as the Son of God. This is the man who preached the first sermon on the day the church was born. This is the man before whom people laid their sick friends and family members, just so his healing shadow could pass over them. This is the man who begged the Romans to hang him upside down because he wasn’t worthy to be hung on the cross like his Lord and Savior. And this is the man who botched up one thing after another in the very presence of Jesus on his way to becoming a key leader for the early church!
Here’s the good news for every human on the planet: our ticket to eternal life is not stamped invalid by our imperfection, but overcome and made valid by Jesus’ perfection. The apostle Paul said it so well, “We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (II Cor. 4:7) What a relief . . . and what an important message to share with the world!
Friends, we’re in good company as we botch up life in trying to follow Jesus. As crazy as it sounds, this botched up way of living is our platform for living out life audaciously in the name of Jesus Christ. God is at His best when we allow him to amplify His love in our botched up lives. That translates into audacious living on this earth and demonstrates to the world a real God who cares about real people, regardless of what they’ve done.
In these next five weeks we’re going to walk with Peter through some of the dumbest things a disciple of Jesus could do. From it we will learn what he learned about trusting Jesus Christ to the full on our way to amplifying God’s love audaciously for others to see and experience!
Never been in a Life Group?
The Christian life was never intended to be lived out alone. In fact, the New Testament is full of encouragement and examples for living out our faith in community where we find direction and support for Christian living. CCCH’s Life Groups are a place where you can build friendships while growing closer to our Lord. They are safe places where believers and seekers can practice the Christian faith with the support of others traveling the same path.
The organization of a Life Group is pretty simple. Life Groups normally meet once per week at a time and place convenient for the group. They spend 60-90 minutes in study, discussion and prayer. They take on all kinds of forms from groups of 3-4 to groups of 25-30. While most gather in homes during the week, some of our groups meet by phone and others meet at CCCH on Sunday mornings and other times. Anyone can start a Life Group and we would be pleased to work with you in doing that and in providing support as the Life Group develops.
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