What is a HomeGroup?
A homegroup typically consists of nine to twelve people that gather weekly to share in community with particular focus given to Bible study and to prayer, fellowship, and to care for those in need around them.
Why is our church moving to HomeGroups?
One in four people attending worship are not being discipled in God’s Word. We don’t have sufficient space on Sunday morning for everyone attending worship to attend Bible study. Our future growth is dependent on Home Groups to allow Bible study to happen during the week and reach more people. But Home Groups are more than just Bible study.
What is the purpose of a HomeGroup?
Home Groups exist to provide a context for the church to be discipled into Christ-like maturity while loving God, loving others and going with the gospel. To accomplish this, we teach our Home Groups to reflect four key Biblical dynamics: Biblical growth, Biblical fellowship, Biblical prayer, and Biblical evangelism.
1. Biblical Growth: Colossians 1:28: “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom that we may present everyone mature in Christ.” Home Groups exist to grow one another into a deeper knowledge of the truth through Bible Study.
2. Biblical Fellowship: John 13:34-35: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love
for one another.” Home Groups exist to share the love of Christ within the context of believers.
3. Biblical Prayer: John 14:13-14 “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” Home Groups exist to pray for the needs of those within group and for the needs of people in their community.
4. Biblical Evangelism: Matthew 28:19: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Home Groups exist to proclaim the gospel and reach our neighbors and the nations with the gospel.
What’s in it for you?
As our church grows, unless you are a part of a small home group, you will lose the intimacy of a true church family. Sitting in worship with 350 other people is good, but it will never fully meet your needs to feel like people really know you and you really know and care for them. The home atmosphere of a small group allows you to take down your guard and become genuine and open—to truly experience what God and His family has for you. This will allow open discussion of His Word and to answer your specific question as to how to apply it to your life. You will become connected and loved by your HomeGroup—you’ll take care of one another when adverse circumstances face you.