What Small Groups are all about?
A small group gives you an opportunity to get to know people at a more intimate level. On Sunday mornings we experience a great time of worship with the whole family of God, hear a sermon, and engage in corporate vision, but a small group will give you a chance to build deeper relationships.
LEARNING THE WORD OF GOD
Have you ever had those times when you just wanted to stop the pastor in the middle of the sermon and say “But what about…?” Sunday’s sermons are a great time to get a broad teaching of the Word of God, but small groups provide a time for one on one discussion. Your group can provide a time to clarify answers to questions from Sunday’s sermon.
OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE OTHERS
One of the greatest joys of being in a small group is the chance to bear others burdens, serve their needs, and step beyond our own issues.
PLACE TO INVITE FRIENDS
A small group is a natural place to invite friends and family. Sometimes people are more comfortable going to a small group then attending a Sunday morning service.
PLACE TO PRAY AND SHARE YOUR NEEDS
Small group members have a unique opportunity to experience God’s promised power in prayer as they pray together about their struggles and joys. In praying together with a few others, we are drawn closer, and we are encouraged as we see God’s answers in each others lives.
YOU WILL HAVE A SAFETY NET WHEN YOU NEED IT
Small groups provide excellent support in times of crises, 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.
FOLLOW THE NEW TESTAMENT PATTERN
Acts 2:42-27 gives a blueprint of what the early church was passionately committed to. The early Christ Followers gathered in homes, shared meals, read the Word, prayed, and worshiped. When you participate in a small group you are following the New Testament pattern.
Consider these verses:
“They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Every day they continued to meet together… they broke bread in their homes and ate together… and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” – Acts 2:42, 44, 46-47
“Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the Good News that Jesus is the Christ.” – Acts 5:42
“Aquilla and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord and so does the church that meets in their house.” – 1 Corinthians 16:19
“Greet also the chruch that meets at their house.” – Romans 16:5
“Give my greetings… to Nympha and the church in her house.” Colossians 4:15
We are very excited about our small groups at The Ridge. Small groups have a benefit that no believer in Christ should pass up. If you are not participating in a small group, why not join us.