Christmas outreach: your small group must make a plan
By Rick Warren
— November 25, 2009
Some men arrived carrying a paraplegic on a stretcher. They were looking for a way to get into the house and set him before Jesus. When they couldn't find a way in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof, removed some tiles, and let him down in the middle of everyone, right in front of Jesus. Impressed by their bold belief, he said, 'Friend, I forgive your sins.' Luke 5:18-20 (Msg)
Seven ways a small group can reach people for Jesus
#3 -- Your small group must make a plan.
Although faith and prayer are important ingredients to bringing others to Jesus, you also need to do something! You need a plan. When the four friends saw that access to Jesus was blocked, they came up with a plan to get the paraplegic to Jesus.
Your small group needs a plan to bring people to Jesus. Without it, you'll never bring anyone to the Savior.
The Bible tells us that God has a plan: "... The God of our ancestors has handpicked you to be briefed on his plan of action." (Acts 22:14 MSG)
God's plan of action is summed up in the Great Commission: "Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:19-20 NLT)