One of the most significant & challenging aspects of my life over the past 30+ years has been the privilege to meet together with others who were pursuing Christ in the context of a small group.

Janet and I have been in couples groups together & we’ve been in separate men’s and women’s groups at times.  Before we were married, we were in mixed singles groups.

Small Groups (called LIFE GROUPS at GFC) have been a vital part of my growth as a Christian.  We were never meant to do life alone & some of my greatest friendships and spiritual growth has taken place in the context of a LIFE GROUP.

Not every LIFE GROUP has been perfect; some clicked & some didn’t, but overall they still made such an impact on my life.

Our new LIFE GROUP Semester begins this month and you can get connected in a group this weekend.   If you’ve never been in a group, or if you’ve been out of a group for a while, I hope you’ll get connected this semester and let God use you & your group in one another’s lives.

One of the key elements of LIFE GROUPS is they allow & encourage us to be vitally connected to Christ & other Christians.  As Roman 12:5 says – we belong to and need each other.  LIFE GROUPS also give us a great way to fulfill the directives of God in the way we relate to ONE ANOTHER.  

Here are a few of those ONE ANOTHERS we can & should fulfill…

Rom 15:14  I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another.

Rom 14:19 So then let us pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.

Eph 4:32 And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

1 Thess 4:18  Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Col 3:13  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

John 13:34  “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

Rom 12:10  Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Rom 15:7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

Gal 5:13 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.

1 Peter 5:5  You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

1 Peter 4:9   Be hospitable to one another without complaint.

Mark 9:50  “Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” 

James 5:16   Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.




About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have five grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Legacy Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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