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. 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
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 our pastors have developed. This series starts with a “Beginning” phase, then dives into deeper topics in the “Growing” phase. See below for a full list of booklets available.
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.
Read here for an overview of our LIFE Groups information:
Do you know God?
Book 1 – In this booklet, we survey the content of the Gospel – God’s Good News for you.
Survey of the Bible Message
Book 1 – In this booklet, we survey the whole message of the Bible. Let’s get a good picture of the forest before we study the trees together.
Critical Questions for Christianity
Book 2 – In this booklet, we take a look at some common questions people have who are considering Christianity and provide Bible answers for these questions to help you believe in God’s good news.
Growing in Sanctification
Book 2 – In this booklet, we survey the Bible’s teaching of sanctification and provide practical steps growing in grace this in our Christian life.