They exist in many churches, under various names, with a multitude of purposes: Home Groups, Cell Groups, Small Groups, Bible Study, Community Groups, and so the list could go on. But captured in that litany of names reveals what we think are the key purposes for and reasons you should get into a Growth Group at Christ Church Umhlanga.
You can break down their purpose into three interrelated categories:
As is alluded to above, those categories are closely linked, even inseparable. When we ask the questions: “How should I pray?” or “What should I pray for?” we get the best answers in the Bible, as we respond prayerfully and thoughtfully to God’s revealed will. When we desire to create community and care in the local church we discover what that looks like as we seek to apply God’s inspired truth lovingly and discerningly. We also don’t want to form groups that are little more than ‘baptised book clubs’, getting together to merely study and discuss the Bible; together we work hard at applying God’s Word to one another, our own lives, the shape of the church community, and the content of our prayers.
So, to state the above points slightly differently, Growth groups are a bunch of Christians who sit together weekly: (1) around God’s Word to discuss, learn, and grow in knowledge of the truth; (2) under God’s Word to respond in faith, repentance, joy, and prayer; and (3) sharing God’s Word with each other as we apply the truth to both our thinking and living. We believe at Christ Church Umhlanga that meaningful community and care is inseparable from learning from God how that community should live, what it should look like, and how we must love.
- Study the Bible together, applying it to the Christian life and struggles
- Pray together
- Create a small community within the church that can support and cares for one another
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