Christians are meant to pursue Christ in community. Not merely another social gathering, in small groups you form life-long relationships with people who will encourage you, challenge you, love you, and ultimately grow in Christ with you.
Within a small group you get to be the Church.
Biblical community is not an easy pursuit in our culture of busyness and independence but at the Naz we're going after it.
Love looks like something; John 13:35 makes clear that as a community our relationships are our witness to the world, we are to be 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