It's not easy to cultivate true biblical community in our culture of busyness and independence, but it's not an optional pursuit.
Christians are meant to thrive in healthy, biblical community where one another's spiritual growth is the priority. In the context of a small group you'll get to know people well enough to "be the Church" with them.
Small groups are made up of people as much in need of Christian fellowship as you. If we don't individually engage in the body of Christ, the whole suffers. Your future small group needs you as much as you need them. (See 1 Corinthians 12)
Love looks like something; John 13:35 makes clear that the Church's witness to the world is our relationships, a community marked by supernatural love.
John 17:21-24, Galatians 6:1-10, Matthew 18:15-22, John 13:35, Ephesians 4:2-3, 1 Corinthians 13
PRIORITIZE SPIRITUAL GROWTH
Becoming like Jesus is the basis of our relationships and the measure of our group health. With spiritual growth as our aim, our groups cannot become about our comfort or anything less than God's design for His Church.
Hebrews 10:24-25, 1 Thessalonians 5:11
ANCHOR IN GOD'S WORD AND PRAYER
It's only by knowing God's Word and communing with Him that we are able to fulfill His will in our lives and relationships.
John 15:5, Psalm 119:105
ENGAGE IN THE BODY OF CHRIST
We won't become a healthy biblical community without personal commitment, investment and engagement. Without every individual's commitment to the body of Christ we won't function healthfully as a whole. Therefore we throw off selfish and worldly aims and seek God's will for one another by laying down the life He has given us.
1 Corinthians 12:12-31, 1 Peter 4:10-11, Mark 10:45
Small Group kick-off will be this September! Be on the lookout for sign up information in August during our Better Together sermon series.
In the meantime, pray for your group and be intentional about forming connections on Sunday mornings.
If you're interested in leading a small group and would like to attend summer leader training email Susie at email@example.com
Leading your small group is a full-time discipleship effort.
Thank you for all that you do.
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