Grow in Community
Community groups are an essential place where we seek to cultivate the kinds of relationships that reflect God’s work in the gospel.
The gospel is a work that restores the relationships with God and others that sin has broken. Although God saves men and women as individuals, He saves them into a new community–a family! And, if God has made His people into a family, they should live like one in authentic love and sacrificial good works toward each other and the world around them — not to earn His love, but in response to His love. (1 John 4:11)
Community groups are where we hope those kinds of gospel-centered relationships can thrive.
- where we can grow in our love for God and one another together around His grace-filled Word
- where we can find rest from the anxiety and pressures of life in the city and bear one another’s burdens in new and deeper relationships
- where we can support and encourage one another as we reflect the love of God in Christ to our coworkers, friends and neighbors.
- And, where we can help one another better follow Jesus
Community Groups Map & Info
Dining RoomThe word is our life and we must speak it and share it one with another. In our dining rooms, we have guests over and share food and conversation together. In biblical community, we share literal food together as well as the food of studying, listening to, and speaking the word to one another. Each of us prepares a part of the meal of the Word, and we share it with one another. (Col. 3:16, Matt. 4:4, Eph. 4:15-16)
Living RoomThe gospel causes us both to care for the needs of those around us and to open up about the needs of our own lives. In our living rooms, we share our lives with others, spending time with one another, laughing at stories, working through difficulties, and rejoicing in triumphs. In biblical community, we also share our lives by practicing hospitality, listening to each other, offering words of encouragement, and even confronting sin when necessary. (1 Cor. 12:25-27, Gal. 6:1-2)
Front PorchThe front porch is a place where people are both welcomed in to be a part of community and where people can be sent out into the world. In biblical community, we proclaim the gospel through our words and actions both to those we have invited in and to those outside of it. The front porch reminds us that believers display living, Christ-like love one for another in front of those around them by inviting others in to join community and by going out to those who are around them to proclaim Christ together and serve together. (John 13:35, Matt. 5:14-16)
BasementIn our basements, we learn and practice our skills. Maybe there’s a workbench or a sewing room set up to enjoy a hobby or work on a broken appliance. Just like a loving father who invites his son into a basement workshop, so believers are called to train others in what to believe and how to live and serve. In Christian community, believers leverage what they have and who they are to help others become more like Jesus. (Phil. 3:17, Matt. 28:19-20)
Common questions about community groups
Although each group is a little bit different due to the personalities of leaders and members, there are some foundational things that happen each week in every group.
- After some time to catch up from the last week, groups take time to study and discuss God’s Word together. Each week, a companion study to the theme of Sunday’s sermon is used as a guide for discussion.
- Groups also spend time caring for each other. Times for openness and prayer for each other help groups get to know each other and bear each other’s burdens.
- Groups meet to disciple each other. Relationships deepen as you spend time in the word and prayer together. Those deeper friendships should naturally become more committed and focused on helping each other be more like Jesus.
- Groups seek to invite others to be a part of what God is doing. We proclaim the gospel through our words and actions both to those outside community and those already inside it.
Normally, groups discuss a study based on the most recently preached Sunday morning sermon.