One of the most fascinating aspects of the early church is the way they lived life together. We learn in the book of Acts 2:42-47 that the church constantly
"devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved."
They were a people filled with the Holy Spirit, overflowing with the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control that the Spirit brings into the lives of new creatures in Christ (Galatians 5:22-23; 2 Corinthians 5:17). There is an eternal unity that is experienced among those who come together as redeemed and rescued children of God. Do you see how they loved God? Did you notice how they loved one another? The world saw what God was doing in His church and many were amazed at the grace that they witnessed. The Lord was pleased to grow His body through them. Our faith family does a lot of things well, but one vital element we need to strengthen is the unity that comes from living life together in Christ. At times we may focus more on church business than on church relationships. Our staff desires to see our church be a body that is known by our fruit and to see people grow together by the grace of God. Out of this desire we have created ABC Life Groups. Life Groups are small groups designed to build connecting points through gospel-centered bible studies, fellowship in the home, and service in the community. We prayerfully believe the structure of Life Groups will encourage the biblical community found in Acts 2.
1. Life Groups will study the Word of God together.
"And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching."
Life Group bible studies are designed to be facilitated rather than taught, creating a learning environment unlike any we currently have. Yes, there will be some teaching involved, but we believe that we need a place of discussing and applying biblical truths. This semester will consist of eight Life Group sessions where all groups will be doing a Lifeway study by Dr. J.D. Greear called Gospel Revolution. Groups will watch a video segment taught by Dr. Greear and will then enter into a time of discussion guided by the accompanying questions. Each group is assigned a group leader.
2. Life Groups will fellowship in the home together.
"..and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers."
Life Groups are designed to fuel fellowship by gathering in homes. Relying solely on Sunday morning corporate worship doesn't allow much time to build deep relationships with one another. You hardly have time to say "hello" to people you know, much less learn significant information about someone you've never met. Life Groups offer a place to get to know people and to pray with and for one another. Each group will share a simple and relaxed meal together, which is a great way to build friendships and learn about each others' lives.
3. Life Groups will serve in the community together.
"praising God and having favor with all the people."
Life Groups will join together to meet needs of the community around us. God has called His people to be His hands and feet to a lost world. This will be a special time for your group as you identify, feel, and touch a need around you. Your group leader will guide you through this process. Join a Life Group and let's start living life together. Let it be our prayer that the Lord will add to our number day by day those who are being saved.