Most are sermon-based, in which the discussions parallel the weekly sermon — but at another level, challenging us to discover fresh ways to apply God’s principles in our lives. Some groups are based on our daily Life Journal readings and sharing what the Lord has spoken to each of us through His Word and His Holy Spirit or also involve a curriculum, while others are based on the GROW book, written by Pastor Brad Brucker.
Whichever Life Group you choose, the formula is the same:
You + God’s Word + Trusted Friends + Prayer = Growth in Faith & Love
Oftentimes spiritual growth happens on a “Need to know – Need to grow” basis. So it is important that we have built significant friendships BEFORE those inevitable rough seasons come into our lives. Because each person in your Life Group has committed to ‘being there for one another,’ a trust develops. The Life Group becomes a safe place – one in which people can share at a deeper level, knowing that we all go through similar trials and that there is power in praying one another through them.
Life Groups are designed to “Velcro people to one another,” and that happens best when the group size is limited to eight individuals and/or eight couples (a maximum of sixteen in a group). A typical weekly meeting includes ‘catching up’ over refreshments, sharing insights as you dig into God’s Word, and praying for each others’ needs.