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)
Bent Creek Baptist has started a program to facilitate fellowship among our members through informal, small group monthly meetings. This program is for singles and married couples.
The Apostle Paul knew the importance of small groups of believers, and his letters addressed the issues challenging early believers. Super Supper Six offers opportunities for our parishioners to enjoy an evening to share a meal and socialize. In addition, Super Supper Six will help meet three basic necessities for healthy spiritual growth: connection, renewal, and focus.
As the body of Christ, says Greg Bowman, a veteran of small group ministry, “sin demands to have us by ourselves because when we’re alone, it has power over us,” When we’re alone, we’re vulnerable and open to the temptation to walk away from God.
Small groups give people connection points and an opportunity to refocus relationships, drawing us into greater spiritual intimacy with each other and with God.
Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up. (Thessalonians 5:11)
Rev. Fred DeJong, a pastor in Plainfield, Illinois, tells us, “The best way for people to experience life transformation is when it happens in a small-group setting. There’s interaction, caring, support, and accountability when people are engaged in the process.” For smaller churches, small groups can foster spiritual growth, renewal, and rebirth.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
The Barna Group, a research organization focusing on the intersection of faith and culture, reports that 9 out of 10 American adults say their religious faith is important in their lives, and 3 out of 4 sense God motivating people to stay connected with him. There is, however, a growing sense of release from traditional religious practices, with two-thirds “completely open to carrying out and pursuing [their] faith in an environment or structure that differs from that of a typical church.”
Small groups are an option to satisfy this need while providing a mission focus that gives churches another avenue to unite or reunite people’s hearts around a common cause.
And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ. (Acts 5:42)
All are invited. More information on participating is here.