The power of sin is in secrecy. That is, when you keep your sin a secret, it gets a grip on you that you can’t escape from. But when you share your struggles with others (when you bring that thing into the light) sin loses some of it’s power – it loosens it’s grip on your life. And groups provide other people to whom you can share your struggles with.
Someone I was in a group with, opened up to me (in time) and shared a struggle. I was so happy to know that people in my group felt comfortable enough to be real and open up – and share what they’re going through. And I was so happy to be able to pray for this person, and at their request, hold them accountable.
The Bible says that when we’re struggling, we ought to share our struggles with each other – the Bible says this is key to our healing. We read in James 5:16, “…confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” Someone has rightly stated “If you want forgiveness of sins, confess to God. If you want healing from sin, confess to another believer.” This verse is a picture of Christian accountability. It’s a picture of people confessing their struggles to each other and getting prayer and support in the battle against sin. And the Bible says our healing comes through this kind of accountability – which you can easily find in a group.
Do you have someone with whom you can share your struggles? If not, why not sign up for a group today? To sign up for a growth group visit www.newdaychurch.cc/groups