About two years ago, John Hickey asked me about starting a Bible Study for young adults in our church. We had had one before, but as some people moved away, and much of my time was taken by my Seminary work and studies, starting up again had been put on hold.
As we talked about this new growth group, I was teaching on the early church in Acts 2:42-47 where the first believers after Pentecost “devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to breaking of bread and to prayer...They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.” What hit us about that passage was the need for families to come together, learn, pray, and eat to experience fellowship as the church, so we started up the group again.
The most special moments for me in this Acts Growth Group (named for the hallmarks of that early church) have definitely been the prayer times in the end where we all pray over one couple by laying hands on them and lifting them up to God. I have been moved to tears more than once in these prayer times and constantly feel the Spirit as we glorify God through loving each other. One cool thing is that I have often been most moved or blessed by the prayers lifted up on behalf of someone other than myself.
If you haven't found a growth group because young kids are hard to take care of, or you just haven't plugged in, contact me anytime, and I’d love to tell you more about how God is working in us.