*Note: Beginning September 16, 2020, we will meet for Community Groups, Youth Group, Group 4:12, Glow Kids and Nursery but we will not have our family style meal.
Community Groups meet each Wednesday evening immediately follow our Impact Ministry Meal. You will find a Community Group a comfortable place you can connect with and share life with one another. The Bible calls this fellowship. It is experiencing life together. Over fifty times in the New Testament the phrase “one another” is used to describe our relationship to other believers. We are instructed to love one another, encourage one another, pray for one another, accept one another, bear one another’s burdens and build up one another. God never meant for you to go it alone in the Christian life.
Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ. (Acts 5:42)
Benefits of joining a Community Group:
- You will begin to feel like a part of God’s family as you get to know and learn to love other believers.
- You will develop a better understanding of the Bible and how its practical truth can be applied to your life.
- You will discover the power of group prayer and the strength that comes from sharing your concerns with people who care.
- You will find the encouragement that each of us need to live in a way that blesses our families and honors God.
Five Fold Ministry of Community Groups
Discipleship: Growing to be like Christ. We are talking about life transformation, the kind that takes place in a Community Group when a person becomes passionate about what the Word of God teaches and begins to walk in their faith daily.
Fellowship: Fellowship means being committed to each other in Christ. That’s at the heart of fellowship. It is about building relationships, developing community, and nurturing openness and honesty in relationships.
Worship: Inviting the presence of God results in real worship as we express our love through song, prayer and praise. Worship is vitally important in every Community Group experience.
Ministry: We are to have a ministry in the church and a mission to the world. Acts 2:45 says, “They gave to anyone as he had need.” Christians who had been radically transformed by the love of Christ could no longer be self centered. As they saw the needs of people in their fellowship, they began to respond. That response is called ministry.
Evangelism: Outreach to those who do not know Christ. When all previous four purposes were being practiced – when discipleship was happening, there was authentic relationships, there was a sense of God in their midst, and they were meeting each other’s needs – the natural byproduct was evangelism. People were attracted to the kind of changes they saw take place in the lives of these early Christians. What makes the purpose of evangelism special in your Community Group is that it is the only purpose you and your group cannot do in Heaven – so let’s do it here on Earth!
These five purposes should be evident in the life of the Community Group ministry. Not just for the purposes of God through our church or for our pastor alone – they’re for each individual. Join us as we embrace the purpose God has created us for.
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