Community Groups

If you’ve been around Faith any length of time, you’ve heard about  Community Groups. But if you’re not in a Community Group, you might wonder what’s the big deal. Well, as a church grows bigger, small groups are a way to ensure you will have the opportunity to know and be known, to love and be loved. These small groups gather throughout the area, meeting at different times on different days — so that you will have the opportunity to experience community and spiritual growth.
Community Groups members meet regularly to share what is going on with each other and to apply biblical truths to their daily lives. Ask someone involved in a Community Group and they often will tell you that some of their deepest friendships are with people in their group.
Any time is a great time to connect with a Life Group. Many groups look to add new members and new groups form throughout the year. If you’ve been looking for the right time to get in a life group, that time is now.
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View a complete and current list of Faith’s Community Groups, which includes information on who leads the group, when it meets, where it meets, and what topic is currently being explored. Please contact office@discoveringfaith.com  for more information.
Five Reasons to Join a Community Group

1. You will understand the Bible better in a life group.If you´ve ever listened to a Bible teacher or preacher and wanted to stop that person and say, “But what about…?” or “I don’t understand,” then a community group is for you! Preaching and teaching is one way communication. You listen while the speaker speaks It’s fine for imparting knowledge but not as effective for personal application as a life group. In a small group setting, you can ask questions, participate in a discussion of the text, and hear others share insights and illustrations of the truth you are trying to grasp. The Bible must be applied to your own personal situations and that happens best in small groups.

2. You will begin to really feel like part of God´s family.
Most people who have been a part of a group say the greatest benefit is the close relationships and friendships that develop. They will frequently telephone each other during the week to share an urgent prayer request or an exciting answer. You´ll discover that your needs and problems are not unique ~ we´re all in the same boat. It helps to know that others are facing the same dIfficulties, or have lived through them and learned spiritual principles in the process.

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. The only way you can obey these commands is in a small group! We really do need each other. God never meant for you to go it alone in the Christian life. If you´re lonely, the answer to your problem is to join a group.

3. Prayer will become more meaningful to you.Many people are hesitant to pray in front of others, especially in a large church. In a small group of 6 to 12, you will learn to participate in prayer by having a conversation together with God. No one is pressured to pray, but as you become comfortable, you´ll be able to pray sentence prayers and join in. There are many promises in the Bible related to group prayer. In praying together with a few others, we are drawn together and we find answers to the needs in our lives.

4. You will be able to handle stress and pressure better.
Community groups provide excellent support in times of crisis, change, and stress. You´ll have a sense of stability and security knowing there are people who really care for you and are committed to standing with you.

When someone loses a job, or a family member has an extended illness, or a mother needs a babysitter – these are practical needs that will be naturally taken care of through your life group. Your group will coordinate the sharing of hot meals to be brought in when your family is in need. Many people in our church could testify that they would not have made it through a difficult time if it hadn’t been for the support of their group.

5. You will have a natural way to share Christ with friends, relatives, and work associates.
It may be that some of your friends who don´t  know the Lord wouldn´t be caught dead in a church. They have a preconceived idea and just the thought makes them defensive. But those same people may be open to an invitation to a casual Bible discussion in a home or office setting. In a life group, your  friend can ask questions and express honest doubts without feeling “put on the spot”. When your friend sees the love and warmth and honesty of your group, it will make them more receptive to the Good News.

 

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