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Living in Community

There are three expectations for every member of Grace Baptist Church: 1. Love the Lord (by worshiping), 2. Love one another (by growing in small groups), and 3. Love the lost (by serving). These three expectations are the parts of our mission statement as well as the components for our spiritual development process.

Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39, NIV)

Living in healthy relationships with other people is an integral and critical part of spiritual growth. The life of a believer is not to be lived in isolation but in community with other believers. One of the best places to live in community with other believers is in a small group. Participation in a small group provides elements needs for growing in Christ.

Specifically a small group is a group of 3-15 people who meet together on a regular basis to promote their mutual spiritual growth. A small group intentionally involves themselves in spiritual disciplines (i.e. Bible study, prayer, etc.) as well as relationship-building, fellowship, service, etc. The activities of a small group will naturally move the group into a deeper relationship with God and with each other. As believers meet in small groups, they live out their obedience to Christ’s command to love one another.

You may be saying to yourself, ‘a small group sounds a lot like a Sunday School class,’ and you are right. Small groups can be Sunday School classes, men’s groups, women’s groups, etc. Any group that meets on a regular basis that promotes and facilitates the spiritual growth of the group members is a small group.

As a believer, you are encouraged to actively become involved in a small group and discover the benefits of living in the community. If you are not currently meeting in a small group on a regular basis, Grace Baptist Church would find great joy in helping you find a group where you experience living in the community. While no one will force you to engage in a small group, you are strongly encouraged to find a group where you can love and be loved by one another, where you can grow in Christ and encourage others to do the same. You will be glad you did.

If you have questions about small groups or would like more information about joining a small group, please call the church office (843) 662-5122 or email the pastor (jcollins@gotogbc.com).

Last Published: June 24, 2019 9:48 PM
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