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Title: (5) Spiritual Friendships

(5) Spiritual Friendships Small Groups
Spiritual Formation
  • St. Maurice St. Verena Coptic Orthodox Church
  • December 14, 2008

Spiritual Friendships Biblical Foundation
  • Guiding Principle Spiritual growth occurs in
    groups of two or more godly individuals.
  • For where two or three are gathered together in
    My name, I am there in the midst of them. (Matt
  • Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them
    up on a high mountain apart by themselves and He
    was transfigured before them (Mark 92)

Why have a Spiritual Friend?
  • Evil company corrupts good habits (1 Cor 1533)
  • Jephthah (Judges 113), Prodigal Son (Luke 1513)
  • Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel
    of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of
    sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful
    but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in
    His law he meditates day and night (Ps 11,2)

Who can be a Spiritual Friend?
  • Confession Father
  • Moses seventy elders (Numbers 1116, 17)
  • Spouse
  • Parent
  • Trusted Friend
  • Colleague
  • Member of the Community

Qualities to Look for in a Spiritual Friend/Mentor
  • Spiritual Maturity
  • Someone who has is experiencing God
  • Spirit of wisdom discernment
  • Confidentiality Trust
  • Approachability
  • A level of comfort in opening up

Goals of Spiritual Mentoring
  • Not Dependability but Empowerment
  • A deeper personal Spiritual experience
  • Tending to personal needs
  • One on one coaching
  • Follow up accountability

Small Groups A Biblical Foundation
  • Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with
    Him and that He might send them out to preach
    (Mark 314)
  • The Apostles in one accord (Acts 246, 47)
  • Stirring of Love and good works (Hebrews 1024,

Pachomian Koinonia
  • A true sense of Fellowship and communal living.
  • Mission statement
  • To connect people into groups of 6 to 12 who meet
    regularly for a common purpose and with an
    identified leader who assists them in their
    progress towards full devotion to Christ by
    intentionally providing an environment for
    connection, community, and spiritual formation.

Why be a part of Small Groups?
  • To shepherd and care for a large congregation
    while maintaining a personal knowledge of each
    member and not losing track of any individual.
  • Christ asking disciples to divide 5000 into
    groups of 50 100, gave disciples they gave
    people (Mark 639 41)
  • To disciple people into a full and personal
    relationship with the Lord.

  • To assimilate new comers and connect them to the
  • To develop lay leadership and empower them for
  • To be the church by creating small communities
    that encourage one another in Christ and belong
    to the larger community, the body of Christ.

Core Values of Small Groups
  • Mandate Spiritual Transformation
  • Method Small Group Community
  • Mobilize Strategic Leaders.
  • Multiply Span of Care
  • Means Seek and Celebrate

What Now?
  • Spiritual Friendships
  • Review my surroundings.
  • Think of who is a good candidate
  • Approach take action
  • Small Groups
  • Update after Divine Liturgy
  • Consider time commitments group to belong to.
  • Make decision and dont delay.
  • Glory to God forever
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