“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:46-47).
What are small groups all about? Why do we have small groups?
Many times when churches begin to grow, some people lose the closeness and comfort that is felt in smaller congregations and have a tendency to distance themselves away from the church or may feel abandoned or even forsaken.
But with small groups, we can still be close to people, trust in those around us, and feel like part of a family, all while focusing on Jesus and the ministry He has called us to and upon His Word.
Small groups are designed to enrich each believer’s walk with God and with man. Each group is structured to function in the 5 purposes pointed out in “The Purpose Driven Life” series, as well as learning and growing in other areas of our Christian life.
“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20).
As you can see, the small groups concept is not new nor is it ineffective. On the contrary, we see throughout the Bible that fellowship, or relationship, is God’s desire for His children. And through this fellowship, people experience the love of God in many ways.
Small Group Functions
- Moral Support
Members can rely on each other in difficult times for encouragement.
Members enjoy the family-like closeness, while building relationships and learning more about God.
Group prayer is a great way to learn how to pray. Prayer chains are effective in getting situations under God’s control.
Through fellowship, Bible study, and prayer, members build trust in each other and in God.
- Spiritual Growth
No one is left behind – small group studies allow each member to learn and grow from God’s Word and each other.
Small groups develop teamwork abilities and is effective in ministries.
“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12).