Small groups 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
Why LIFE Groups?
As a Bible driven church, we seek to follow God’s blueprint for how a church should function. That blueprint, found in Ephesians 4, shows that each believer is responsible to encourage spiritual growth in those around them.
So, our L.I.F.E. Groups exist to facilitate that intentional encouragement and cover topics vital to our Christian life. It’s your job to pitch in to help the LIFE of the church—the spiritual growth of one another.
Every Believer is a Discipler
Every Believer is a Discipler
In Ephesians 4, God explains that He gives leaders to the church 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 happens as people speak 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 – The spiritually maturing church is one where each joint in the body is functioning properly. Think of 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 this blueprint, 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 by meeting together around God’s Word.
What do we study together?
Short answer: the Bible. We work through a series of studies that Pastor Tim has developed. This series starts with a “Beginning” phase, then dives into deeper topics in the “Growing” phase. See below for a full schedule of courses offered.
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. More importantly, you will be a part of building others up to be more like Jesus.
What does a typical LIFE group look like?
A LIFE Group ranges from 3 to 6 people who all live close to each other, with one of them leading as the “group guide.” Groups are flexible enough to meet at a time or place that suits each member, averaging a meeting every two weeks. Our group meetings include “one another” ministry like prayer and encouragement as well as a concentrated time reading through the booklet for that session.
There is also one general LIFE Group meeting every Sunday at our church office from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
What do we study?
Read here for an overview of our LIFE Groups information:
Discoverer Series - Beginning
1. Do you know God? Beginning a relationship with God
This booklet is a is a six lesson survey of the content and message of the Bible. It is a good refresher for those who have not read through the Bible recently. It would also be a great introduction to Christianity to new believers, or to those who are just beginning to explore the Christian faith. Although it is designed for a small group format, it can be used effectively in one on one or individual studies.
2. Do you misunderstand God? Critical questions for Christians
Many aspects of life or the Christian message are difficult to reconcile. In this series we try to provide some answers to these questions. Questions include: Why do bad things happen (the question of evil)? Can I trust the Bible or does it contain errors (the question of authority)? Why has religion done so many evil things in history (the question of history)?
3. Do you obey God? Reconsidering the 10 Commandments
Discipleship Series I
Developing a Daily Devotional Time with God
What is the Message of the Bible?
How can I know I have eternal life?
How can I grow to be more like Jesus?
How can I deal with my emotions?
Serving as a Disciple Maker
What is a Bible-Driven Church?
What are the ordinances of the Church?
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?
How can I pray the Lord’s prayer?
Discipleship Series II
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 III
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 the earlier Growing booklet)
Discipleship Series IV
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 V
Living Single to the Glory of God
Making Disciples of your Children
Loving in Marriage