Small Groups

"And day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart…"


Small groups seek to develop deeper relationships between each other and with God through fellowship, prayer, growth, worship, and outreach. So, the two fold purpose of small groups is to:
1) Experience community, and
2) Expand community


   The local church should be a church of small groups, not simply a church with small groups.


"The small group, then, must be both supplemental and normative – supplemental in that it does not replace corporate worship; normative in the sense of being basic church structure, equally important with corporate worship." - Howard Snyder, author and professor of the history and theology of mission at Asbury Theological Seminary

EXPERIENCE COMMUNITY:
At the heart, small groups ought to be community of people sharing their lives with one another. Community is much more than conversing over a lesson (that is called a Bible study!) Community is an experience among people where true fellowship takes place. Thus, small groups should be a place where people can share themselves (i.e., needs, hurts, struggles, praises, etc.) for the purpose of allowing God to use others to meet felt needs and minister to them (i.e., comfort, encourage, challenge, correct, train, etc.) and vice versa. Community is about fellowship with one another and God. So in small groups we try to stimulate community by praying together, eating together, talking and discussing spiritual matters, encouraging one another to reach out to others, doing ministry, sharing life together, and much more.
EXPAND COMMUNITY:
One of the best ways for God to bless a church is through small groups. The Scriptures say, "the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved." –Acts 2:47b. This follows a very important picture of the early church functioning with two wings – "with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house." Outreach can be incredibly effective in small groups. In a small group it is easier to challenge individuals, and it is a less threatening environment for people to begin.
Mission Statement:
To GROW in Christ and GO in His Name
Sundays 9:45AM in the Audiorium
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237 NW 9th Street Redmond, Oregon 97756 USA
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