Growth in Christ-likeness does not always come easily or consistently. We need one another to both encourage and challenge us in our walk with the Lord. As we get to know others at a deeper level in a small group setting, we can begin to more easily fulfill the ‘one-another’ aspects of the Christian life.
One of the Apostle Paul’s key goals in ministry was to present everyone complete in Christ (Colossians 1:28). He understood that the true Christian life is one in which believers increasingly think and act biblically. Through Bible study, prayer, meaningful discussion and other opportunities small groups help individual believers, and thus the body as a whole, grow in Christ-likeness.
As a disciple of Jesus, Ananias responded to the Lord’s call to minister to Paul who was in need, and Ananias responded in faith and action to help someone he was not naturally inclined to serve. Ananias demonstrates the kind of commitment to ministry to others that we strive to develop in Covenant’s small groups.