This Sunday, our church will be promoting joining small groups for the upcoming semester. Our small groups, focus on home Bible studies, fellowship, and community. We do not have traditional Sunday School for ages beyond youth, so Small Groups are our primary resource for deeper biblical teaching and for deeper connections among the members. Particularly in a church the size of ours.
It's an embodiment of the early church in Acts, chapter 2.
"They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with the awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved."
A place where we seek to abide daily, devote relationally, live authentically, and admonish biblically.
Small group bible studies hold a special place for Jamie and me. We met at our community group in Austin. We both had sought community in connection with the Austin Stone and had ended up in the same central Austin community group. Since then, we have sought home Bible study in each church that we have attended since. We've led them in Wills Point and started leading one very quickly here in Brownsburg.
There's something special about studying in someone's home. About gathering together, breaking bread and eating together, sharing in each other's lives. Crying together. Laughing together. Praying together. Living together.
About taking our faith outside of the church and remembering that it carries with us each and every day, and in every location that we inhabit.
These are the people in our circle. When we are hurting, we we struggle, they are who we reach out to. And we've been through a lot with this small group. We've shared and grown in great leaps with them.
We look forward to the new year. We have room for one or two new couples, so, we are looking forward to getting to know the new members of our group. To continuing to grow together with the continuing members.
If you're not in a small group, if you are not connecting with a small group of people to grow in your faith and in your life, why not? What opportunities exist for you in your community?
If you are in the Brownsburg area and would like to find a church to connect and grow with, and would like to learn more about Connection Pointe Christian Church, you can find out more here.