Connecting with Jesus. Connecting with the Word. Connecting with each other.
Small groups give us the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of God’s word, and to give love to and receive love from other people. We believe that God will grow deeper friendships in our congregation as we do life together in Small Groups.
WHY DO WE DO SMALL GROUPS?
“He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:10-11
God created us to be social creatures, not to live in isolation. Jesus knew the importance of being among other likeminded people for his own Spiritual well-being. While Jesus was fully God, he was also fully human, and in His wisdom knew that having an inner circle based on mutual love and trust was extremely important. This was part of the reason He picked 12 men to be his apostles, in addition to training them for kingdom work.
“Iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another.”
Our small groups are your chance to be ministers to each other on a more personal level. We rely on the teaching and revealing power of the Holy Spirit as we search the scriptures in pursuit of truth, in pursuit of a lively and personal relationship with the savior Jesus Christ. However, if we are left to our own individual perspectives and interpretations of a passage, we may not be able to experience the full picture being presented. Additional discussions tend to help unlock difficult scriptures, or demonstrate the application of a concept in someone else’s life.
WHAT DO WE DO IN SMALL GROUPS?
“They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
Prayer and studying God’s word together is one of the most important things we as believers are able to do and provide for one another. As a church family, there’s great Spiritual benefit to having a gathering in your home to talk about the Word of God, and what the Lord is doing in each of our lives.
In each group, we would like to introduce the concept of the Care Coordinator. This person, who is not the Small Group Leader, will be responsible for taking prayer requests, keeping recognition of special days such as births, birthdays, anniversaries and more, and ensuring that the group tends to any needs. If a need or issue arises that goes beyond the scope of a small group, the Care Coordinator can request the involvement of church leadership.
“Therefore 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.”
While it is a wonderful thing to give care, we need to learn to humble ourselves to be able to receive care as well. Many people prefer not to be the center of attention in this way, but as our relationships with each other deepen, our hope is that we will be able to be vulnerable to each other in an appropriate way. Our unity in Christ and in the Holy Spirit helps us to bear each other’s burdens. We want to be with each other, and to be there for each other. It is recommended that small groups meet together once every two weeks.
WHAT ARE WE STUDYING?
“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!”
Our small groups are currently studying the book "What is the Gospel" by Greg Gilbert. Each leader will be provided with discussion questions taken directly from the readings in the book. The discussion questions from prior readings can be found here.
WHEN DO SMALL GROUPS START?
We will typically make a general call to join small groups a few times per year. It is our goal to provide a variety of small groups to meet the various demographic needs in our church as leader availability allows. As men, if you would prefer to meet with a group of men, or as women with a group of women, we would like you to be able to do so. If you would rather meet with a couples’ group or a family group, you are welcome to do so. We recognize that sometimes being around others in similar stages of life simply helps us to do life together better.
If a group grows to beyond 14, it is recommended that the group divide to preserve intimacy and the ability to truly provide the best quality care and conversations with each other. If a division of the group is wise, please contact your shepherd to work out the details. With larger groups, it’s not possible to provide the same depth of caring and quality of participation, which is the goal of our small group program. Also from a practical sense, meeting space, time and refreshments become hindered. Further, creating additional small groups allows for growth, and the addition of new members.
I’D LIKE TO LEAD A SMALL GROUP!
Please contact the church if you are interested in facilitating a small group in the future.