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Christians should not be characterized as silly people, but we should not be boring, irrelevant, and fun-less individuals. God has set us free through the power of the gospel, and an element of our freedom is living a hearty life that includes laughter.
Recently, one of my students asked me what small groups are, and though this podcast is not an exhaustive explanation of what small groups are and how to conduct them, I do want to give you one slice of small group life–the fun side.
I have led several small groups in our church experience, and it’s always been vital to me that the folks I lead learn how to have fun, as we dig deep in God’s Word for practical application. This perspective is also how I do counseling. Well placed humor is critical for the discouraged soul who needs to see the lighter side of life.
You should not “stay deep” all the time. If you are serious all the time, you will become an abnormal Christian. It’s critical that we “come up for air” at appropriate times so we can catch our collective breaths and relax a bit before we take another deep dive into the practical realities of the gospel. Thus, laughter is an excellent medicine that brings balance to the Christian life.
With these things in mind, I want to share with you the top five pranks that have happened in some of our small groups. But first a warning: This ministry is not responsible for anything you take from this podcast and attempt to incorporate in your small groups or any other context. A Second Warning: We do not recommend that you try these at home.
Warning #1: This ministry is not responsible for anything you take from this podcast an attempt to incorporate in your small groups or in any other context.
Warning #2: We do not recommend that you try these things at home or anywhere else.
Rick Thomas leads a training network for Christians to assist them in becoming more effective soul care providers. RickThomas.Net reaches people around the world through consulting, training, podcasting, writing, counseling, and speaking.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology, and in 1991 he received a BS in Education. In 1993 he was ordained into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).