Our philosophy of ministry in Grace Bible Fellowship is that God often uses little things in a big way. There’s an old hymn called "Little Is Much" that restates this very succinctly. The words are very simple…

Little is much when God is in it
Labor not for wealth or fame
There’s a crown and you can win it
if you’ll go in Jesus’ name.

 

 

 

1 Corinthians 1:26-31 also emphasizes God's preference for using small things: For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord .” (NKJV)

 

 

Do you get it? God uses little things, weak things, base things to absolutely confound the mighty things of this world. When we don’t stand a fighting chance, God shows up to work on our behalf to show Himself strong! Consider these Bible stories:

* How Jesus took one little boy’s five loaves and two fishes and fed thousands.
* How God fed Elisha and a single Mom and her son from one little cruse of oil.
* How God led the Israelites to throw off the oppression of the Midianites through Gideon and 300 men.
* How twelve apostles turned the world upside down.

Often times, God uses the weak and not the strong. He uses the dumb to confound the mighty. He uses the person with little ability over the one who has multiple talents. God’s strength is always made perfect in weakness. Small? Llittle? powerless? helpless? Congratulations! God can use you! What you have that doesn’t seem like much in God's hands can impact His Kingdom for eternity?

When we're little, we learn to trust and depend on God! We get to see God’s power at work! And others get to see God’s glory at work in us!

 

Small Churches work the best in an ever changing culture because...

1. They are owned and operated by the people. They are faith based co-ops.

2. Everyone has a role. They are places where the ministry of the baptized is most realizable.

3. Small congregations form “real” people. It’s almost impossible to be phony in a small church. Nurture and accountability iis everone's ministry

4. Small churches actually adapt to change “better” than any other size community. That is because everyone is involved in the decision making process, so the change when made is owned by all. And , as small churches have fewer people, there are fewer votes to count.

5. Small churches grow faster than large churches. Research done by the Natural Church Development people show that 20 small churches of 50 members will add (in total) 16 time more people in a year then one large church of 1000 members.

6. Small churches are inherently relational. People outcome is always valued over program outcome. Small churches feed our great yearning for intimacy and community (family).

7. Worship is more important in small churches then in any other size configuration. Worship is a homecoming event. You are missed when not present; and you are truly involved when present.

 

 

What We Hope to Accomplish as a Small Church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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