Grow Groups are small groups of believers who seek to live out what it means to be the church by following the pattern of the early church as described in Acts 2:42
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
We see that the early church devoted themselves to four activities:
The Apostles' Teaching
Central to the life of our Grow Groups is the word of God, the Bible. This is the foundation of our faith and our final authority on all matters of life and faith.
In Grow Groups we seek to apply the teaching of God's word to one another's lives by discussing it and holding one another accountable to obeying it.
Grow Groups are more than just a bible study. Christian growth happens through the teachings of the bible being lived out in community. There are lots of commands in the New Testament which point us to fellowship. Love one another, serve one another, teach one another, forgive one another, bear with one another.
Also as a small representation of the church, we can use our Spirit given gifts to support one another as we show hospitality, encourage, lead, offer generosity to one another and more.
The Breaking of Bread
We encourage our Grow Groups to eat together regularly because it is around the table that people are equals and can get to know one another. Some groups go out to eat. Some groups do a pot luck style meal. Some groups take turns in providing a meal.
We also want our groups to practice taking communion together around the meal table. In the New Testament church, communion would often take place around a meal table. Taking communion together puts Jesus Christ and his death in our place at the center of our group life. We also encourage our groups and group members to seek other ways to remind one another of the gospel when they meet and throughout the week.
We desire our groups to make prayer a priority rather than just short moments at the bookends of their meeting times. We want our groups to be able to share what is going on in one another's lives so that we can be praying for one another and holding one another accountable.
Some groups pray as a whole, others break into smaller groups and some into male and female groups to pray. We also encourage group members to pray for one another and be in contact with one another throughout the week so we can encourage and support one another in our lives.
And the result of the church being devoted to these four activities was that, "the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." (Acts 2:47). We desire that our Grow Groups will be our most effective means of outreach as Christians live on mission together, letting their light shine before men together, so that the world would see their good deeds and glorify our Father in heaven.
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