Community Groups

A Family that Grows Together

Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God.
Colossians 3:16

 

Why community groups?

Connecting people in authentic relationships enhances spiritual transformation.In the context of authentic relationships, community groups provide encouragement (1 Thess. 5:11), acceptance (Rom. 15:7), accountability (James 5:16), and care (1 Cor. 12:25).The spiritual transformation we seek involves believing in Christ, being a part of the church, being trained in the truth of Scripture, and being committed to worship and ministry.

Community works because: @ Emmanuel

  • God created us for community: Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Eccl. 4:9-10
  • God has called us to community: And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Heb. 10:24-25
  • We are changed by community: As iron sharpens iron, so does one man sharpen another. Prov. 27:17

FELLOWSHIP/COMMUNITY: We believe that God instructs Christians to cultivate loving relationships as a community of believers (Romans 12:10; 1 John 4:7-11). Therefore, we will actively pursue personal, family, and staff relationships characterized by integrity, mutual accountability, mutual serving, mutual encouragement, and mutual honoring. This includes an emphasis on our home-based Community groups.

LIFE TRANSFORMATION: We believe that all Christians should daily pursue a growing, personal relationship with Christ, and are responsible for becoming more like Christ in their beliefs and conduct (Ephesians 4:13; Colossians 1:28). Therefore, we will provide opportunities for every believer to develop a Christian worldview and thus engage the culture wherein he or she lives, works, and interacts.

EVERY MEMBER A MINISTER: We believe that God cares about the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of every person. Further, we believe that every member of this church is called to minister (Ephesians 4:11-12). Therefore, we will develop lay leaders who will function effectively in their respective roles of service and, in turn, train and mentor other believers for ministry.

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