What are Life Groups? Let’s start with a few questions.
you enjoy friends and family? Do you enjoy fellowship? Do you enjoy
eating and celebrating life with others? Do you enjoy helping and
encouraging others? Do you have a desire to grow closer to Jesus? Do you
know others who need Jesus in their life? If you answered yes to one of
these questions, then doing Life together in a Group is for you.
ministry captured my heart as the Lord helped me see that He has given
each of us the privilege, responsibility and stewardship of His most
precious treasure; His People. God created us for relationships. He
never intended for any of us to go at it alone. That’s why everyone
regardless of age needs meaningful relationships and friendships in
their lives, including you.
Groups are where people at all stages of life come to know God and
experience His presence, and where they come to know each other and
cultivate community. In Life Groups, people learn what it means to love
each other, encourage each other, serve each other, and challenge each
other. They are relational environments where people are free to be real
with one another – where a group of people can learn to Live, Love, and
Lead like Jesus.
you stopped right now to list the things that meant the most to you
over the past 15 years, would it be the things that you owned or the
relationships that you have? Life Groups are about those relationships.
It is sharing our life stories with each other, sharing the life story
of Jesus together and seeing how Jesus knits our lives together to
become a community.
Life Groups are not only a place to BELONG;
they are a place to BECOME.
the life of Jesus, His earthly ministry emphasized the small group from
the beginning to the end. When He began His public ministry, one of His
first acts was to establish His small group—the disciples (Matt.
4:18-22; Luke 6:13). He would end up spending the majority of His time
with them in relational environments where He constantly devoted Himself
to helping them grow in life, love, and leadership. And while Jesus
often proclaimed the Kingdom of God to large crowds, He also met with
smaller groups of people in homes (Matt. 26:6). While both large and
small groups were vitally important in His life, it is interesting to
note that His ministry to small groups often preceded His ministry to
large groups. In many ways, Jesus’ small group ministry was the backbone
of His ministry.
Groups are people who have intentional growing relationships with the
Lord and each other, and who use those relationships to help fulfill
Christ’s mission for the Church. It is, “Doing Life together on Mission
with God.” It is that simple.