4 Reasons To Join A Growth Group
Growth Groups are places for spiritual growth.
2 Peter 3:18 says, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” The Christian life is a growing life. The primary way we grow is through the study and application of God’s Word. This is why Growth Groups are essential. They provide a place for believers to go deeper into God’s Word for the purpose of becoming more like Jesus.
Growth Groups are places to form deeper relationships.
God has designed our growth in Christ to take place in the context of relationships. Growth happens when we fold our lives into others for the sake of the Gospel. But one of the challenges of being in a larger church is connecting on that deeper level. Because of the large crowds on Sunday morning, it can be difficult to form deeper relationships that are essential for interpersonal discipleship. This is why Growth Groups are vital. They make a “big church” feel like a “small church”. They provide a place to connect to one another on the relational level needed for discipleship to happen.
Growth Groups provide a helpful way to study God’s Word.
Because Growth Groups are smaller communities, they offer a format of learning different from a Sunday sermon. In particular, Growth Groups allow the opportunity for question and discussion. As Growth Group Leaders teach from God’s Word, they ask questions and facilitate discussion. This approach to learning is helpful for three primary reasons: it is a great way to better understand the Bible, it sharpens our ability to articulate God’s Word to others, and it provides the opportunity to receive Biblical answers to the questions we may have.
Growth Groups are great places to invite non-believers.
One of the most effective ways to share Christ with a non-believer is by inviting them to Growth Group. Observing how a Christian community lives out their faith is a powerful way to share the Gospel. We also live in a time when many are unfamiliar with the Sunday morning church service. Oftentimes non-believers have stereotypes and false assumptions hindering them from visiting their local church. Growth Groups help with this. They provide a smaller community where people can see first hand what it looks like to follow Christ.