Once a local church body grows beyond even a couple of dozen members, its leadership must make an effort to “shepherd the flock of God that is among you” (1 Peter 5:2). The Christian life is to be lived in the context of accountability, love, and meaningful relationship with others, not just showing up to hear sermons. Small groups provide a tool for the members of Grace Bible Church to obey the command of Hebrews 10:24–25 to “consider how to stir one another to love and good works…encouraging one another.” Small groups function as the personal heartbeat of the church in four ways:
An unhealthy church is one in which one or two men try to shepherd everyone. A thriving church body, however, has locally-discipled men and their wives who shepherd small groups, providing fellowship, teaching, example, counsel, and friendship.
A small group is an arena in which all the members of the group can use their spiritual gifts. From leading the group to organizing fellowship to serving one another in practical ways, all spiritually healthy members of Christ’s Body can serve one another in this context.
Members of a small group support and care for one another in two ways: they “rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15) and they “love one another with brotherly affection” (Romans 12:10).
A small group is an ideal venue to invite the unsaved. Jesus said, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). The gospel can be proclaimed in an informal setting in the context of showing practical kindness and love for the lost.
Announced Small Groups
Our groups meet throughout the month at various locations and are oriented towards various stages of life (anyone is welcome in any of these groups). Please join this time of encouragement and Bible study application.
Winter 2016/2017 Small Group Meeting Details
- Covering issues to recently married couples
- Leaders: Gabe & Staci Woodward
- Follow-up to Pastor Steve’s sermon series to dig deeper
- Two different evenings and locations
- Leaders: Rick Gavin at Gavin home, James Olewiler at Menjivar home
- College and new-career ages
- For more details please see our Resolved ministry page