“Doing Life Together” through Small Groups
God never intended for you to do life alone but to do life together in community. And God wants you to experience Christ together in community. Life is all about relationships.– When Jesus was asked “which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”, He replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matt.22:36-40
The Christian Faith is about a relationship with God that’s lived out or experienced in relationship with others. Jesus gathered his disciples in a Small Group of twelve. The early church gathered in homes (ie. Small Groups, Acts 20:20) to (1) Study the Scriptures, (2) Pray, (3) Fellowship, and (4) Eat Together (Acts 2:42). The early Methodists got their name from the “method” of gathering in weekly Small Groups as a practical means of intentional discipleship. As a result, they experienced Christ together, they were transformed, and the church of God flourished.
At Spring Lake we sometimes refer to our SMALL-GROUPS as either ACTS2:42 GROUPS or LIFE-GROUPS. Jesus said “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have LIFE, and have it to the full. John 10:10.” LIFE GROUPS are about “Doing LIFE Together.”
We’re always looking to help someone find or form their own personal LIFE GROUP. Groups can be as small as three persons and as many as twelve or more. They may be a Sunday Small Group or they may gather on Family Nights or they’ll gather other times throughout the week. Each group will experience a balance of (1) Biblical Study, (2) Prayer, (3) Fellowship, and (4) Breaking Bread together (Acts 2:42).