Grow Groups are transformational!
- They follow Jesus’ example
- They direct us in wisdom
- They create meaningful connections
- They provide necessary encouragement
- They keep us accountable
- They transform our families, workplaces and communities
1. They follow Jesus’ example
As believers, we seek to follow Jesus’ example in all things. Although Jesus preached often to large crowds, he chose to empower and prepare his followers for ministry in a small group setting. The early church continued with this discipleship model; Acts 2:42 tells us that first generation believers met in homes and “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship.”
2. They direct us in wisdom
The Bible is a roadmap for life! It contains ‘everything we need for life and godliness’ (2 Peter 1:3). Yet just as sometimes we need someone to help us read a map, we benefit from others’ experience of digging deep in God’s Word. They will have found gems of wisdom that we have not yet discovered. We can offer insights that they have not yet learned. This is the beauty of journeying through the Bible together.
3. Grow Groups create meaningful connections
Humans were not designed to be alone. We were made to be dependent on God first, but also on one another. In an increasingly virtual world - where social media interactions can often be superficial and increase feelings of isolation - small group Bible study offers a powerful means of forging deep and life-giving connections with other believers.
4. They provide necessary encouragement
Grow Groups also provide a safe space for members to share their struggles. Witnessing the faith of another believer encourages us to keep going when things get tough (Romans 1:12); give us the opportunity to comfort those in trouble ‘with the comfort we ourselves have received from God (2 Cor 1:4); and enrich us as we hear how God has strengthened, guided and directed others throughout their lives.
5. They keep us accountable
Grow Groups offer the optimal environment for meaningful belief and behaviour change. Every believer requires others to help them understand biblical truth and how to apply it. All of us need our knowledge sharpened, blind spots in our thinking corrected, and resistance to changes in our behaviour challenged. We mature much more quickly in our faith when we can ask one another questions like, ‘What steps are you taking to change that?’ and, ‘How did that go for you this week?’ Accountability leads to more fruitful application of truth.
6. Grow Groups transform our families, workplaces and communities
We read, He speaks, we are transformed. When we study the Bible together, God promises to reveal Himself, to teach us how to obey Him, and to show us how to love one another. When we are changed to become more like Jesus, our family, workplaces and communities will be eternally impacted.