Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”  (Acts 17:11)

Are you a Berean? Do you examine the Scriptures daily to see if what is being said (by those who claim to speak for God) is true? I know that many of you are. And for those of you who are small group leaders, the TWELVE CONFERENCE  will be streamed online — free of charge — after you register. So get ready to test all that the speakers will say against the truth of God’s Word, as God’s Word clearly shows us to do (Acts 17:11), and warn those who follow some of these men who distort God’s Word of any concerns you become aware of. I pray that many of you who are small group leaders — who are very trusting and have good intentions, and yet have been deceived — will wake up to the truth of what is actually taking place in many small groups today.

Are you involved in a small group at your church? Then you need to be aware of the reasons that some of these small groups exist. In the videos  posted below, you can hear for yourself what some of their intentions are.

In the first video below, you will clearly hear what Rick Warren says about small groups. And that should be a red flag to all of you of the purpose of many (but hopefully not all) small groups today.

“The heartbeat of the church is the small groups.  If you don’t have small groups in your church, you don’t have anybody to carry your vision in a practical way.” –Rick Warren

Many pastors use the information presented in small groups to instill their agenda/vision into those who attend these small group sessions. So learn to think critically. And if you are in a small group, make sure you think Biblically, as well as critically. Are the ideas presented in your small groups, Biblical? Or do the ideas presented at your small groups present worldly, philosophical ideas? Do they promote your pastor’s ideas that attempt to grow the church by means of marketing strategies for success? Or do they solely rely on God to grow the church, as Scripture teaches? Do they encourage you to dig deeper into God’s Word to help you grow in the depth of your commitment to Christ, and in your encouraging one another along in the circumstances you face in life? Or is everything rooted in your pastor’s ‘vision’ and strategies that appeal to the sinful nature of man?

So, if you presently attend a small group, please keep all these things in mind the next time you go. And be sure to pray before you go there, asking God to give you wisdom and discernment to know what is actually being said, and to show you if it all lines up with Scripture or not.

“TWO CONFERENCES, ONE FOCUS: CHANGE THE WORLD” (Hmm…where have we heard that expression before,  just recently? How about in the ‘purpose driven’  History Channel’s miniseries –‘The Bible’).



The speakers will be as follows: Steven Furtick, Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, Craig Groeschel, Miles Mcpherson, Brian Houston, Wayne Cordeiro, John Ortberg, Joni Eareckson Tada, and Chip Ingram.

Under ‘Track Choices,’ you will see the following that gives cause for concern:

TRACK CHOICES: 1.Essentials Track Pick this Track if you haven’t attended one of our small group conferences before, or would like a refresher.

Saddleback’s small group pastor, Steve Gladen, teaches the transferable principles that God has used to create one of the most successful small group ministries in the United States.  This is a model that has been successfully used in churches and all denominations of all sizes around the world.

Under Point 2, the ‘WORK IT OUT TRACK,”  it states the following:

“Panel discussions include Pastors sharing their ideas and experiences in the following areas:

  • Challenging issues small groups face

  • The cutting edge of the future of small groups

  • Emerging trends  SOURCE

It certainly makes a Berean wonder what will be discussed during these sessions.  Maybe, how to deal with people who raise objections to the Pastor’s ‘vision?’  And what, may I ask, could be the “cutting edge” and the “emerging trends” for small groups?  One can only wonder —  and even cringe — at the possibilities!

Time for all Bereans to be in prayer, continuing to seek God in His Word more than ever before, and being a voice of warning using His Word to expose the spiritual deception and manipulation that continues to penetrate the church.God bless you, and thank you for stopping by and reading my posts and poems.


“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)

“And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”  (Acts 2:47b) (Emphasis is mine).

“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.”      (2 Corinthians 2:11 KJV)