“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” -Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)
What is Authentic Community?
As human beings, we were created with a desire to belong and be known. Community is an essential part of life and a necessity for spiritual growth. As believers we are called to live together in harmony for the edification of the church body and the spread of the Gospel. This harmony is found in Jesus Christ as believers with diverse backgrounds and interests can come together as a family and be united by the same purpose. Authentic community is diverse, transparent, and real.
The goal of small groups is to foster spiritual growth through fellowship, prayer, accountability, and bible study. By doing life together week by week and bearing one another’s burdens, we are unified and better equipped for the call to make disciples of the nations. (Eph. 4:1-3, Matt. 28:19)
Five Marks of Authentic Christian Community Found in Acts 2:42-47
True and honest fellowship begins by loving the Lord. This is what separates the church from the rest of the world. (Ephesians 2:19-22, John 17:23)
By engaging in fellowship with other believers, an individual is encouraged to grow spiritually. God is glorified when believers are growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus and using their unique gifting to serve others. (Ephesians 4:15-16)
Humanity was made for worship. When we center our worship on Jesus, our hearts are humbled and aligned with the heart of God. It is a means by which we give our honor and thanks to Him. (John 4:24, Col. 3:16, Ezek. 36:26)
With Jesus as our ultimate example, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to demonstrate generosity to our brothers and sisters. We know the joy of generosity first hand because we know the One who gave it all for us. (Philippians 2:3-5, John 15:13, Galatians 2:20)
Our purpose as Christians is missional: to live for Christ’s sake and purpose instead of our own. By demonstrating unselfish love toward one another and sharing the Gospel with the world, we are living out the calling we were commissioned to. (John 13:34-35, Matt. 28:19-20, 1 Peter 4:1-2)
Find A Small Group
Our small groups create opportunity for relationship building that is focused on studying the Word expositionally and doing life together. We encourage you to be a part of what God is doing by joining one of these groups.