Northeast Christian Church is in the middle of what we’re calling our “Family 911” series. Last week Bob’s topic was “Make Love a Verb” in your marriage.

I posted on Facebook, “Best place to make love a verb is in a small group.” Of course, that got some interesting responses! I count 15 times in the New Testament where we are told specifically to love one another. Some tell us to “love one another deeply, from the heart.” Then there’s, “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love” and “Serve one another in love” and “Be patient, bearing with each other in love” and my favorite, “Make your love increase and overflow for each other.”

Umm, I think God’s trying to tell us something. The New Testament was written for churches that met in homes, much like our small groups today. God’s message to us is the same. The church that meets in your house as a small group is not just about studying together, praying for each other, and eating together. It’s deeper, way deeper, than that.

So, the question is, in your small group, How Deep Is Your Love for one another? (I hope the Bee Gees can forgive me.) How are you making love a verb in your group? How are you making it increase? How is it overflowing to others?

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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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