The Christian life is meant to be shared life. We believe that Christian growth occurs in community, not in isolation. We are called to stir up one another to love and good deeds (Heb. 10:24), to bear one another’s burdens (Gal. 6:2) and to exercise our spiritual gifts for the building up of the church (1 Cor. 12-14).
Community Groups are a way to help each individual build the relationship and friendships that are essential to growing in the Lord and living a gospel-centered life in fulfilling the “one anothers” of Scripture (Gal. 5:13; 6:2; Eph. 4:32; Col. 3:16).
Community Groups provide the context for members to meet from “house to house” (Acts 20:20), without neglecting our Sunday gathering of corporate worship.
What is a Community Group?
Biblical Fellowship: Community Groups provide an opportunity for Christians to develop intimate relationships. Biblical fellowship occurs as we observe and rejoice in God’s work in life we share together.
Progressive Sanctification: According to Wayne Grudem, “Sanctification is a progressive work of God and man that makes us more and more free from sin and like Christ in our actual lives”. Community Groups provide an ideal context for this to occur, as we help one another to apply gospel-centered instruction to specific areas of our lives.
Ministry of the Holy Spirit: God has given spiritual gifts to every Christian (1 Cor. 12:1-7). Community Groups allow for a smaller, personal context where each one can serve according to the gifting of the Holy Spirit.
Mutual Care: The Community Group structure is meant to assume that every individual in the church receives practical care: from baby showers to providing meals to help with household repairs. Community Groups allow for every member of the church to give and receive God-honoring service.