Incredible wisdom is shared with us in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12: "Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor: If they fall down, they can help each other up. But pity those who fall and have no one to help them up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A threefold cord is not quickly broken."
The early Methodists knew well the principle that the Christian life is not to be lived in isolation. We need one another. Threefold Prayer Groups are small groups of 3 to 5 participants who meet regularly for personal sharing and prayer. Groups can begin with as few as three; when they grow to six they are encouraged to break once again into two groups of three. By keeping the groups small most problems with scheduling larger numbers are overcome and there is the assurance that each participant will be able fully to share his/her response to the reflections questions. Groups can be formed as 3 students who attend the same school, 3 workers in the same office, 3 who gather regularly at the same coffee shop; the key is finding participants who regularly and easily join for sharing.
At the group meetings, three questions are commonly shared: How is it with your soul? Where (how) is God presently at work in your life (speaking, leading, changing)? In what way do you need prayer for the next step in your walk with God?
Threefold groups are very similar to the Emmaus Reunion groups and Emmaus graduates can use a Threefold Group for their Reunion experience. One, however, does not have to be an Emmaus graduate (or even a member of the Sapulpa First UMC) to be a part of a Threefold Group.
If you are seeking to become a part of a Threefold Group and need assistance, please call the church office.