Community Groups are a vital part of growth for believers. One of the images given in the New Testament to explain the church is a human body (cf. Rom. 12:4-5) and how that body needs all of its parts in order to function properly. We are called to meet together, and God uses groups to shape and mold who we are in Him.
Community Groups Help Develop Close Relationships with Others and God
Our relationship with God (vertical relationship) cannot flourish and grow as it ought to unless we are living in growing relationships with others in the church (horizontal relationships), and vice versa. Taking a step and joining a group is an intentional step not only for growing closer to others, but to God.
Community Groups Provide a Place to Grow Spiritually
It is together that we grow in our knowledge of God by studying the Scriptures. While individual reading and study is important, we cannot neglect learning together. Proverbs 27:17 declares, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
Community Groups Help Us Fulfill our Greatest Calling
The early church was marked by joy, generous hearts, and spiritual growth. The people regularly met together, had all things in common, and ensured everyone’s needs were taken care of (Acts 2:42-47). This resulted in God “…adding to their number day by day those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47). We are called to “make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19), and small groups not only provide examples of joyous community but spur us on to witness to those who need to hear the good news.