L.I.F.E. Groups



A small group ministry fostering spiritual life at Grace by following God's blueprint for church community

"The proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love" (Ephesians 4:16).


MidPicturefile.gifWHY LIFE GROUPS?

 Our goal at Grace Baptist Church is to glorify God by being Bible driven.  In order to be Bible driven we have to fblueprints.jpgollow God's blueprint for how a church should function and that blueprint is found  in Ephesians 4. 

 So, L.I.F.E. Groups is the outgrowth of an understanding of this Ephesians 4 blueprint and its each of our job to pitch in and help carry out God's plan.  It’s your job to pitch in to help the LIFE of the church—the spiritual growth of one another. 



 MidPicturefile.gifWHAT ARE LIFE GROUPS?

 I the blueprint found in Ephesians 4, God explains that He gives the church leaders who will equip each individual in the church to do the work of building others up.  Look at three primary principles:

Loving - In the Ephesians 4 blueprint, all building that is done is done through people who are speaking the truth in love.  Love is the great greenhouse of the church.  Our motivation in these groups should not be selfish but for another person's spiritual maturity.

 Individuals - In thmechanics.jpge blueprint found in Ephesians 4, the spiritually maturing church is one where each joint in the body is functioning properly.  We are like a clock filled with cogs, gears, and other intricate moving parts.  Each part in that clock must be working properly for the goal to be reached.  You are needed in this clockwork - you are needed in God's blueprint for church ministry!

 Furthering Edification - In the blueprint in Ephesians 4, God shares His goal for church ministry- that we are all building each other up to be more like Christ.  We are to think, act and live like Jesus.  So the end goal is that each person at Grace will be more like Jesus through meeting together around God's Word. 





Quick answer - the Bible.  We will be studying through a series called Bible Driven Living.  Each person begins with a core group of classes that will help you to be grounded.  For a full schedule of courses offered see below.


Some of these classes last one month, some last two months.  For a tentative schedule, please ask a teacher or pastor.

 After you finish the first core group of courses there are advanced classes offered on other topics to help you mature.  So, whether you are taking the core classes to help others grow in these areas or taking the advanced classes, you will be built up and more importantly - you will be a part of building others up to be more like Jesus. 



 MidPicturefile.gifWHEN DO LIFE GROUPS MEET?

We meet every Sunday at our church office from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Each class begins with prayer before the small group spends time around God's Word growing together to be more like Jesus. 

 Come join us this week!





Discoverer Series - Beginning


· What is the Message of the Bible? (See below to go through this first series).

· Do you know God?

· Do you obey God?

· Do you misunderstand God?


Discipleship Series 1 - Growing


· What is the Message of the Bible? (See below to go through this first series).

· How can I know I have eternal life?

· What is a Bible-Driven Church?

· What are the ordinances of the Church?

· How do I develop a person Bible study time with God?

· How can I serve in a local church?

· How do I grow to be more like Jesus?

· What does the Bible say about the Bible?

· What does the Bible say about God?

· How do I tell my friends about Jesus?

· How can I know God’s will in life’s decisions?


Discipleship Series 2 – More Growing


· Refusing Temptation.

· Working to the glory of God.

· Refuting False Cults and Dangerous Trends

· Understanding Other World Religions

· What does the Bible say about salvation?

· What does the Bible say about the trinity?

· What does the Bible say about humans and angels?

· What does the Bible say about the church?

· Getting Help with Depression, Bitterness, and Anxiety.

Discipleship Series 3 – Serving

· Serving as an Effective Christian Counselor

· Using my Spiritual Gift

· Serving as an Effective Deacon

· Serving as an Effective Elder

· Christian Evangelism Training (advanced from series one course 10)

Discipleship Series 4 – Knowing the Word

· Survey of the Pentateuch

· Survey of the OT History Books

· Survey of the OT Wisdom Books

· Survey of the OT Prophets

· Survey of the Gospels and Acts

· Survey of the Epistles I

· Survey of the Epistles II and Revelation


Discipleship Series 5 – Special Studies

· Living Single to the Glory of God

· Making Disciples of your Children

· Loving in Marriage




Here is the first booklet in the discovering series and the growing series.  Please contact the church if you would like to begin a study of one of these booklets with someone from the church.

LIFE Groups Survey of the Bible Message by timrichmondnyc