We were planning on starting a Bible study in our neighborhood and I decided to ask my pastor for advice. I asked him if he had any tips or recommendations. I was expecting deeply spiritual answers. Instead he simply said: “Serve Food”. That’s it, No Spurgeon? No fasting for days? No Greek commentary studies? Serve food? So simple and yet one of the wisest recommendations I ever received. You see food has special powers. Yes food fuels our physical bodies and it is usually enjoyable to eat, but in a social context it provides so many other things. It’s something to look forward to (especially desert!!!). It’s an amazing way to serve people and show them love. More importantly It gives you something to do with your hands and your mouth when you don’t know what to say or what to do in social settings. It makes people comfortable with themselves, each other, and enables rich social time. Invite people over 1 hour before a study for social time and you will have everyone skip the social time and show up 5 minutes before the study. Invite people over 1 hour before the study and serve dinner and watch everyone show up an hour early willing to socialize and get to know each other. This is so important when you keep the purpose of anchor groups in mind. Growing in relationships with other believers is hard on Sunday mornings during the 10 minutes before and after service, It’s hard during a deep discussion about theological subjects, but it’s easy over a plate of spaghetti. So you want to make people feel welcome and comfortable, serve food. It doesn’t have to be fancy, it doesn’t have to be a full dinner, but make it good. Make it something people look forward to and watch it produce fruit in your anchor group.
Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of Bread, and in prayers