• Russ Jones


I don’t know if you have this problem, I do. When I search for new small group material I find that much of it isn’t Pentecostal, Spirit-filled.

Now I have a Bachelor or Arts degree in Bible and Theology from one of the best Pentecostal Colleges of my time (1985). So I can discern the differences that some curriculums can present. As a small group leader I can also readdress some theology issues that arise from different points of view without trashing the writer or the class.

But as a Pentecostal, Spirit-filled small group leader, you’re going to do some things differently. Here are some you might want to consider.

The role of the Holy Spirit in your small group.

What do you expect the Holy Spirit to do in your group? Here is a truth you need to know. If you don’t expect anything, you get nothing. Give the Holy Spirit permission to flow and He will show up.

Your personal experience with the Holy Spirit.

Where are you in your experience with the Holy Spirit? Are you baptized in the Holy Spirit evidenced by speaking in other tongues. Are you being used in the Gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor. 12). What is the Holy Spirit doing in your life everyday?

Do you know what it means to be Pentecostal?

If I asked you, “What is a Pentecostal?” I suspect that I will hear something like, “We speak in tongues.” Good start! But incomplete. There is more, a lot more, (too much for me to go into here.) My point being is, too many people are assuming that all churches are the same. Nope. Even my non-Pentecostal friends will agree with me on that.

The power of prayer in your small group

Pentecost was birthed from a prayer meeting. (Acts 2) Create time to pray for needs and each other and watch what God does. When we move, celebrate it, I mean make a big deal about it.

Are the Gifts of the Spirit flowing in your group.

I am not suggesting that they have to be exhibited in every small group session. Nor am I suggesting that everyone in the group has to operate in some kind of gift. Everyone is growing in their relationship with the Holy Spirit, therefore, they are at different places. But you need to allow the gifts to operate. I suggest that you know and understand what the gifts are and what the Bible says about how they are suppose to be used.

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