So, I’m reading a book right now about “small groups.” The book is about leading your “small group” to be a certain type of “small group.” (By the way, I like alot of things about this book, and I’m sure that I’ll write more about it soon.)
In order to back up their claims, the authors use Scripture, of course. But, I’ve noticed that the Scripture that they use typically refers to the church. The NT writers were describing the church, and these authors have taken the Scriptures and applied them to “small groups.”
Here’s the thing, in the book, the authors are clear that they are describing “small groups” which are part of the church but are not the church in and of themselves.
The “small groups” that the authors describe meet together, pray together, study Scripture together, serve others together, proclaim the gospel together, fellowship together, etc. But, according to the authors, the “small groups” are not the church.
So, why not? What is it that makes “small groups” into “small groups” but not the church? What do “small groups” lack that keep them from being the church?
Is there anything in Scripture that differentiates between a “small group” of Christians and a church?