As the body of Christ, we belong to each other (Romans 12:5). How do we truly live this out in our small groups? Do we really act like we belong to each other, or do we act as if we belong to ourselves?

In an individualistic, me-centered culture in which many look at their church and small groups with a consumeristic (“what’s in it for me?”) mindset, it’s a stretch to really expect people to belong to each other. Which is why, I believe, we in the Western church still struggle to build organic, holistic small group ministries. It’s nearly impossible if we do not know how to belong to each other.

God meant for us to utilize our spiritual gifts in the context of belonging to each other. That’s why each of us in a group must not think of ourselves more highly than we ought, but rather with sober judgment (v. 3). When we elevate our gifts or underestimate others’, we adulterate the very reason the gifts were given, to build up the body of Christ for the common good.

What needs to change? I believe it must start with understanding this:

You are not your own;
you were bought at a price.
                                                                    1 Cor. 6:19-20.

Lord, teach us that we are not our own. When you bought us at the price of your death, you redeemed us for yourself and for one another. Give us the ability, Lord, to belong to each other in unity, so that together we may be your body in a world that needs you so desperately.


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Michael Mack has been involved in small group ministry as a pastor, writer, trainer, and speaker for more than 25 years. He founded in 1995 and started Small Group Leadership in 2012. He became the 12th editor of Christian Standard magazine in 2017 and continues to speak in churches about small groups, discipleship, and leadership. He lives in Pewee Valley, Kentucky (just outside Louisville), with his wife Heidi. They have four young adult children. Michael enjoys mountain and road biking with a group of friends. See the "About Michael Mack" page under About Us for more about him.

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  1. Anonymous

    January 19, 2010 at 3:11 am

    Cool Blog.


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