What is a Home Group?
A Home Group is a small group of people who meet together in homes to learn about Christian living and to build close relationships within the church. Optimal size of group is 12 and most home groups meet twice a month.
Why are Home Groups important?
We must grow larger and smaller at the same time. A church with so many members cannot possibly rely on paid staff members to effectively meet all of the needs of the entire church. It is biblical and vital that churches enlist and enable members to do this work. We are called to live the Christian life with the support of others. Having members helping one another is Christ’s plan for the church.
Are Home Groups Biblical?
In the book of Acts, Luke records the tremendous growth of the first church in Jerusalem. Small group meetings in homes were the foundation of the early church. Acts 5:42 tells us that the people met “in the temple courts” (large group worship) and “from house to house” (small group worship). Jesus did much of his ministry in homes (Matt 8:14,15; Mk 2:1-5; Mk 2:15-17, Lk 8:51-56). Early Christians continued to meet in homes for fellowship, study and discipleship (Rom 16:5, 1 Cor 16:19; Col 4:15; Heb 10:25).
Why Should I Join a Home Group?
To understand the Bible and life better. You can ask questions, participate in discussions, and hear others share their insights and illustrations of the biblical truths they are trying to grasp. As groups gather together to encourage one another through the process of applying the teachings of the Bible to their lives, Christ’s followers can be seen in their “native environment.”
To provide support and care for each other. Over 50 times in the New Testament the phrase “one another” is used to describe our relationships to other believers. We are instructed to love one another, pray for one another, encourage one another, bear one another’s burdens and build up one another.
To begin to feel like part of God’s family. Building authentic relationships is a key focus of Home Groups. Confidentiality, honesty and acceptance are core values in a home group.
To allow prayer to become more meaningful to you. There are many promises in the bible related to the power of group prayer. In praying together with a few others, we are drawn together to practice and experience the power of prayer.
To handle stress and pressure better. Home Groups provide excellent support in times of crisis, change and stress. You’ll have a sense of security and stability knowing there are people who really care about you.