3 Reasons Community Groups Are So Important

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3 Reasons Community Groups Are So Important

We all know that relationships are so important to a healthy life. Having loved ones around us makes a massive difference in every single season we go through. From the good times when the sun is shining, to the bad times when we just can’t see through the fog and fickleness of life. I need not persuade you of the importance of relationships and community; you know it to be true.

That’s why the Bible speaks so much about the need for strong, healthy and authentic relationships. The New Testament expresses this with loads of “one another” statements. With statements like, “love another,” “bear another’s burdens,” and “confess your sins to one another,” the Bible is littered with calls to enter into proper christ-cantered relationships.

This is all well and good until you sit down in a busy church on a Sunday, only to realise that it is almost impossible to live out this kind of close fellowship in such a chaotic environment. It’s great to be part of growing and energetic church community, but it makes finding time and space for those transformative relationships really hard to find.

This is where mid-week, living-room gatherings come in, or as we call them at BRBC, Community Groups. The bigger and busier a church gets in it’s whole-church gatherings, the greater the need for Community Groups. We may have our different opinions on church growth, but what we all must understand is that Community Groups are vitally important for building that much-needed fellowship and remaining obedient to the “one another” statements in the Bible.

 

Here are 3 reasons that show the importance of Community Groups.


1. Community Groups stir us up to love and good works.

Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” We all know that as Christians our hearts quickly leak passion, commitment, and biblical thinking – that’s why it’s so important actively pursue the example of Jesus. Importantly, Hebrews (and the rest of the NT) shows us that this is not done alone, but in community.

2. Community Groups provide an important way to care for the needs of people within the Church.

When someone in a small group is facing financial, emotional, spiritual, social struggles it’s much easier for people within the group to give help and care. The structure of a small group is a community of Christian friends, who can help one another.

3. Community Groups foster deeper learning.

At BRBC, we love a sermon that comes from the Bible, makes sense to us, and can change our Monday morning. However, Sermons don’t allow us to process the information and ask questions. Community Groups provides that key space for people to deeper their understanding of Scripture.

I’m sure you have your views on Community Groups. They can be nightmare for an introvert or an open-door for an extrovert to give everyone a piece of their mind. If we’re not careful, they can be awkward and superficial. I get that. But once we grasp the importance and the goals of Community Groups they transform into those very real places of authentic change and development. They help us live out those “one another” statements and provide us with a necessary space to grow into the image of Jesus.

 

If you want to join a group simply email: contact@brbaptistchurch.info
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