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My Smallgroup's Going to a Baseball Game

I know some of you might be asking, "Why are we going to a baseball game for smallgroup? Wouldn't the time be better spent doing core questions?" The time very well might be better spent doing core questions. There is a decent chance that this will be a complete waste of time. We may end the night having done nothing but fed our fleshly and selfish desire for entertainment and relaxation. But hopefully not. If we do this right, God can and will be glorified. Here are some reason why I wanted to do it when Jeremy approached me about it and how we will make this not a waste of time but rather a night very well spent:
  1. Friendship: We need to be friends. The one anothers have to happen on the small-group level of the church, and those take time. To love one another, to build up one another (1 Thes 5:11), to pray for one another (James 5:16), to be devoted to one another (Romans 12:10), to restore one another and bear one another's burdens (Gal 6:1-2), to gather together (Hebrews 10:24), and many more takes a lot of time. We tend to be willing to spend time with those with whom we are closest friends. We need to be friends with one another. Baseball games tend to increase friendship. Friends hang out together. Sometimes when you need to become better friends with somebody, a good way to do that is to hang out with them; how can I be your friend without spending time with you. But the danger here should be obvious. Baseball games can lead to friendship without fellowship. Baseball games can lead to conversation devoid of edification. Baseball games can even build patterns of spending time together without doing anything meaningful, can encourage contentment with triteness and silliness, and can give the impression of fellowship and friendship when very little of any substance has happened. That leads me to number 2...
  2. Practice how to live with each other: We must not be people who spend every waking minute in Bible study and core questions/accountability questions. We won't be that's impossible. So I want us to go to a baseball game together, something that closely resembles the type of things that we might find ourselves doing together throughout the week, in order to practice how to do these things together. We must not sit and be content to have the focus of our time together be the game. During the course of the night, hopefully much conversation will take place; we will watch each other interact with each other and with nonbelievers. We will get a glimpse into how we deal with waiting in lines. We will find out what we are truly passionate about through our conversations and life.

    It will be easier to let the conversation drift to the trivial; it will be easier to spend the entire night with few thoughts of God and even fewer Words about Him; it will be easier to live without fighting your flesh. It will be easier to not bring up sin because then we will have to walk with them in it to restoration. It will be easier to not probe about your brother or sister's needs because then you will have to help them.

    So personally resolve to make baseball night a night of fellowship, where the group living as the church in the community will act like God's body to the world around us and will demonstrate true love to one another. I want to go to the baseball game in order that we may purposefully practice how we are to live among each other in ordinary life on the 5 non-church nights of the week. 
  3. Glorify God: To prove that even in watching baseball God's people will glorify Him. Let the following passages help you consider how that will practically occur as we spend smallgroup night at a baseball game:

12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Col 3:12-17)

23 “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. 24 Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor....31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.(1 Co 10:23-31)


So, I doubt that we will be going to a baseball game on smallgroup night again in the near future, but I hope and pray that we will be doing more things together as a smallgroup outside of smallgroup night and that baseball night will tend toward that end. I hope that our time spent together in the future will be at things like baseball games, but this must move us to do things together like serve the community, meet needs in our body, and witness as a group. "9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith." (Ga 6:9-10)

Your brother in Christ,

 -Jacob

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