1. You will gain a deeper understanding of the Bible in a Small Group.
If you´ve ever listened to a Bible teacher or preacher and wanted to ask, "But what about…?" or "I don´t understand," then a Small Group is for you! In a small group setting, you can ask questions, participate in a discussion of the text, and hear others share insights and illustrations you are trying to grasp.
2. You will begin to really feel like you’re part of God´s family.
Most people who have been a part of a group say the greatest benefit is the close relationships and friendships that develop. They will frequently call each other during the week to share an urgent prayer request or exciting news. You´ll discover that your needs and problems are not unique — we’re all in the same boat.
3. Prayer will become more meaningful to you.
Many people are hesitant to pray in front of others, especially in a large church. In a Small Group of 6 to 12, you will learn to participate in prayer by having a conversation together with God. No one is pressured to pray, but as you become comfortable, you´ll be able to pray sentence-prayers and join in.
4. You will be able to handle stress and pressure better.
Small Groups provide excellent support in times of crisis, change, and stress. You´ll have a sense of stability and security knowing there are people who really care for you and are committed to standing with you. Many people in our church could testify that they would not have made it through a difficult time if it hadn´t been for the support of their group.
5. You will have a natural way to share Christ with friends, relatives, and work associates.
It may be that some of your friends who don´t know the Lord will not visit a church. But those same people may be open to an invitation to a casual Bible discussion in a home or office setting. In a Small Group, your unbelieving friend can ask questions and express honest doubts without feeling put on the spot.
6. You will develop leadership skills you never knew you had!
The Bible teaches that every believer is given certain talents or "gifts" to benefit others in the family of God. Unfortunately, most Christians remain Sunday morning spectators all their lives because large group meetings are primarily "sit and listen" situations. As you share and participate in a relaxed Small Group setting, you´ll discover your confidence and self-esteem rising.
7. You will be a New Testament Christian!
The book of Acts is very clear about how God intends for his people to grow and have their needs met in the church. We will never be able to hire enough pastors to meet all the individual needs in our family. God never intended for it to be that way!
"They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Every day they continued to meet together… they broke bread in their homes and ate together… and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." Acts 2:42, 44, 46-47