Small community groups within a church of any size are important for growing your relationship with God. God has called us to push, challenge, and encourage each other in matters of life and faith and small groups are a great way to live that out. Acts 2:42 says, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching …” Of course, we know the teaching of the apostles is what we call the New Testament today. Small groups were crucial to the growth of the church then and it is now as well.
Small community groups are composed of people who are all unique and different, therefore each small group is both unique and different. However there a few things common to the groups: a commitment to studying God’s Word, being a safe place to ask difficult questions and challenging each other in matters of faith. Groups usually meet once a week in homes, businesses, restaurants, or at the church. The groups change and begin again three times a year, so you have the opportunity to try out different groups throughout the year.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” Small groups are a great way for people to encourage one another to make the right choices and follow in God’s path. Jesus calls us to be committed to one another, and it is through community groups that we learn the skills of relationship. Small groups are laboratories of love, where we learn to obey the command of Jesus to love your neighbor as you love yourself.
Small groups are great for witnessing to others. As these small groups met together, “the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47). They were inviting others to join them. One of the proofs of a healthy small group is that it reproduces, so a small group may add members, but a small group may also help start another small group. Being a Christian means you should spread the word of the Lord and encourage others to join in your faith. A successful community group can bring others to their meetings and show them how great God is.
Healthy small community groups pray together. The Bible says the early believers devoted themselves to prayer. Jesus taught that there is a power to prayers spoken aloud for each other, and he made an incredible promise about small groups of believers: “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst” (Matthew 18:20). The intimacy and confidentiality of small groups allows others to pray for one another as they share their hurts, reveal thier feelings, confess failures, disclose doubts, admit fears, acknowledge weaknesses, and ask for help.
Small groups make the church more personal. Whether the church averages 150 or 1,500, if someone can slip into a back row and then leave without sharing life with a person, the church is too large to not incorporate a small-group experience. Yes, it’s still true that a certain kind of person or a particular stage in life makes a toe in the water easier when you can be anonymous. But the research is in. The desire to find a few good friends is on the rise, and loneliness is increasing and small groups are a great way to get people involved in church. If new members feel as if they are welcome to join at any time, they will be more inclined to learning about the church and Jesus.
Small groups are a great way for people to make friends and learn about one another. Small groups provide an ever-expanding network for communication and impact. This is a huge benefit. There is a vast difference in the response to an announcement from the platform and a personal invitation. When this network for communication and impact is activated, reach becomes exponential.To learn more about community groups and their benefits go to http://citypointchurch.com/.