Small Groups as Part of the Good Life

Isolation kills. Spiritually, we are meant to live in community. One way to do this is through small groups, by whatever name they are called. There are many reasons to conduct and participate in small groups, but one I have not seen is to me central, and that is the definition of the good life given by Aristotle:

“happiness,” or the good life, which is to be attained in a community of family and friends who can satisfy one another’s material and social needs, behave justly toward one another, and, according to their capacity, contemplate the Good.

There are many nights when I don’t feel like going to small group. I’d rather stay home, avoid the drive and rest. But this definition springs to mind and helps me to focus on a primary reason for going. Contemplating “the good” – in our case, the Triune God – is done in some measure by being with other Christians and reflecting on God’s Word together. It’s a simple concept, but it has been held to be central to human happiness throughout Western history, and I believe that vision holds true today.

 

2 thoughts on “Small Groups as Part of the Good Life”

  1. Do you actually feel that you are connecting with the people in your small group? Sometimes, as much as I enjoy them, I feel like they have been an exercise in futulity. On the other hand, a few of them which I did not think would go anywhere have developed into life-long friendships.

  2. Some more than others. But the actual discussion of the Scripture and of God’s acts in our lives is very important I believe. We’re at the beginning stages of developing friendships there.

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