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20 REASONS TO JOIN A LIFE GROUP

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You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house. Acts 20:20

In Acts the Bible tells us we need to be in relationships for our personal and spiritual growth. As Paul and the early Christians taught and received teaching “from house to house,” we too must respond in our walk with Christ in each others homes (Acts 5:42; 20:20)! Even in the shadow of the Temple they did this, even in the shadow of your Church you can do this too. Why did they do this? Because they needed to be connected to one another in their fragmented and persecuted world, we desperately need to be connected too! They needed a way and place to do as Christ modeled and taught them, the multiplication of disciples, leaders, and churches so that God’s Kingdom will be built and glorified.

Are you thinking this is great but not for me? Perhaps you are like me, struggling a very busy full plate in life. A plate that is overfilled with mounds of things that you need to do and are responsible for in your life. Perhaps, they are overflowing your dish. We all struggle with the demands of our career and all of the frustrations and stress placed on us, such as goals, deadlines work flow and the office load. Then there are our family obligations, taking the kids to school, picking them up here and there, dealing with all of their demands and obligations too. Then maybe you are already volunteering for something in the church or community. Maybe you are juggling work and school and family, to the point there is not a free minute in our week. Then you are asked, “hey, why don’t you join our LIFE group?” What??? I do not have the time! I can not possibly commit to anything else. I am overloaded and overwhelmed! Well, to be honest, then you are the person who needs to be in a LIFE group the most!

Why? Because, it is God’s plan for you to be in quality relationships to Him and then to others within the confines of a loving community, which is also the definition of “Church.” Because, we all need a place to belong and work through the issues of life. Because, we need to be loved and give our love. As a Christian our primary thrust is to know and grow in Christ. Where our goal is to be a surrendered and poured out offering to Christ’s glory (John 14-15; Gal. 2:20-21; Phil. 3:10).

How can this be accomplished when all aspects of our life are riddled with stress? By learning spiritual disciplines and receiving the discipleship, relationships and encouragement that LIFE groups offer. We need a place to grow and we as humans in relationship to Christ grow best in community with people who love and care for you!

Here are some 20 reasons to ponder

  1. LIFE Groups provide the best environment to grow in faith alongside a community of believers.
  2. Being a LIFE Group member provides an opportunity to make close friends & enjoy lasting relationships.
  3. As a LIFE Group member, you will be missed when you are absent.
  4. Being in a LIFE Group means you will grow stronger in your faith as a result of spending time with your brothers and sisters in Christ.
  5. LIFE Groups provide accountability that we all need.
  6. In LIFE Group community you will have people to celebrate with when something good happens and people willing to help you through seasons of adversity.
  7. In a LIFE Group you will have the opportunity to learn and hear different perspectives.
  8. Being in a LIFE Group means you will have people to call when it’s time to move or your car breaks down.
  9. Your LIFE Group will provide opportunities to serve the greater community alongside your biblical community.
  10. As you focus on God’s Word in your LIFE Group you will be challenged to study parts of the Bible you might not study on your own.
  11. In a LIFE Group you will have the opportunity to focus on God’s Word.
  12. As a LIFE Group member you will enjoy the hospitality of others and have the opportunity to extend hospitality to others.
  13. As a LIFE Group member you will meet new people and be known by others.
  14. In a LIFE Group you will have a group of people who are willing to pray for you.
  15. .In a LIFE Group will grow in your understanding of the Word as you study it in biblical community.
  16. LIFE Groups provide the opportunity to use your spiritual gifts within the context of the group.
  17. As a LIFE Group member you will have chances to serve the greater community through service and evangelism.
  18. In a LIFE Group you will enjoy fellowship with believers and have the opportunity to participate in group events.
  19. In a LIFE Group you’ll be accepted as you are; blemishes and all.
  20. In a LIFE Group you’ll be challenged to take your next step in your spiritual journey and others will be there to cheer you on.

We will not get much out of church if we just come to the services as good as they are, we have to get involved and small  LIFE groups are the perfect place to do this!

Your church needs you, and I believe you may need them too. So if you would like to host a group, lead a group or just attend a group: Please take the initiative and get yourself plugged in!

Witness Ministries

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This entry was posted on March 2, 2017 by in DISCIPLESHIP, LIFE GROUPS and tagged , .
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