Why join a Small Group?
1. You will understand the Bible better in a small group.
Preaching and teaching are forms of communication - you listen while the speaker speaks. While these are wonderful ways of imparting knowledge, a small group allows for more personal application. In a small group setting, you can ask questions, participate in a discussion of the text, and hear others share insights and illustrations of the truth you are trying to grasp. We need to apply the Bible to our own personal situation - this happens best in small groups.
2. You will begin to really feel like a part of God's family.
Most people who have been a part of a small group say the greatest benefit is the close relationships and friendships that develop. They will frequently phone each other during the week to share an urgent prayer request or an exciting answer. You'll discover that your needs and problems are not unique - we're all in the same boat. It helps that others are facing the same difficulties or have lived through them and learned spiritual principles in the process. Over fifty times in the New Testament, the phrase "one another" is used to describe our relationship to other believers. We are instructed to love one another, encourage one another, pray for one another, accept one another, bear one another's burdens, and build up one another. The only way we can obey these commands is in a small group! We really do need each other. God never meant for us to go it alone in our Christian life. If you're lonely, the answer to your problem is to join a small group.
3. Prayer will become more meaningful to you.
Many people are hesitant to pray in front of others, especially in a large church. In a small group of 6 to 12, you will learn to participate in prayer by having a conversation together with God. No one is pressured to pray, but as you become comfortable, you'll be able to pray sentence prayers and join in. There are many promises in the Bible related to group prayer. In praying together with a few others, we are drawn together and we find answers to the needs in our lives.
4. You will be able to handle stress and pressure better.
Small groups provide excellent support in times of crisis, change, and stress. You'll have a sense of stability and security knowing there are people who really care for you and are committed to standing with you. When someone loses a job, or a family member has an extended illness, or a mother needs a babysitter - these are practical needs that will naturally be taken care of through your small group. Your group will coordinate the sharing of hot meals to be brought in when your family is in need. Many people in our church could testify that they would not have made it through a difficult time if it hadn't been for the support of their group.
5. You will have a natural way to share Christ with unbelieving friends, relatives, and work associates.
It may be that some of your friends who don't know the Lord wouldn't be caught dead in a church. They have a pre-conceived idea, and just the thought makes them defensive. But those same people may be open to an invitation to a casual Bible discussion in a home or office setting. In a small group, your unbelieving friend can ask questions and express honest doubts without feeling "put on the spot." When your friend sees the love and warmth and honesty of the group, it will make him more receptive to the Good News.
6. You will develop leadership skills you never knew you had!
The Bible teaches that every believer is given certain talents or "gifts to benefit others in the family of God. Unfortunately most Christians remain as Sunday morning spectators all their lives because large group meetings are primarily "sit and listen" situations. As you share and participate in a relaxed, small-group setting, you'll discover your confidence and self-esteem rising. This will help you at work, at church, and in every other relationship.
7. You will be a New Testament Christian!
The book of Acts is very clear about how God intends for His people to grow and have their needs met in the church. We will never be able to hire enough professional pastors to meet all the individual needs in our family. God never intended for it to be that way!
Ready for a small group?Contact the church office or reach out to Lorna Bogertman, small group coordinator.