What are Community Groups?

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THE PURPOSE

The purpose of community groups is to foster supernatural community by providing an environment where we can know one another better, grow in the faith, and better understand what it means to be fully devoted to Christ in our lives.

PLAN

Groups will meet the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month from 5:00-7:00 PM.  Groups are inter-generational. Locations:

North Griffin: Home of Wayne & Nancy Brown

Central Griffin: Home of Thomas & Tricia Hill

South Griffin: Home of Brandon & Dawn Vaughn

ELEMENTS

DINNER & FELLOWSHIP: 45 MINUTES

  • Each family brings a dish to contribute to the meal

SERMON DISCUSSION: 30 MINUTES

  • Discuss the sermon text preached from gathered worship earlier in the morning.

  • Consider how the Bible passage applies personally to your life: beliefs, affections, behaviors.

PRAYER & ACCOUNTABILITY: 30 MINUTES

  • Provide encouragement and support for gospel motivated change by helping one another savor the supremacy of Christ. Based on the Bible passage discussed, how do you need to follow through?

KIDS

Families attend community group together. Encourage students and older children to participate in all aspects of the group. During the discussion and prayer time younger children may need to play in a separate room. Two adults will oversee these younger ones while discussing and praying together themselves. This responsibility rotates among the adults.

 

Post Author: Thomas Hill

 

One Another-ing

This past Sunday we completed the Supernatural Community sermon series.  During these four weeks we have been meditating upon Gods instructions about the kind of fellowship that is to characterize the church.  Our attendance at church gatherings is only an initial step into community.  We should also be involved in the lives of one another outside our formal gatherings. What should we be doing when we are together? The answer is “one another-ing.”

Below is listing of the activities and attitudes believers are to have toward “one another”.  Use this list as a tool for personal reflection and prayer.  How is the Holy Spirit stirring up within you the practice of supernatural community?

  • A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:34-35 as well as 10 other times we are instructed to “love one another”)

  • Be at peace with one another (Mark 9:50)

  • Wash one another’s feet (John 13:14)

  • Love one another with brotherly affection (Romans 12:10)

  • Outdo one another in showing honor (Romans 12:10)

  • Live in harmony with one another (Romans 12:16)

  • Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. (Romans 14:13)

  • May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus (Romans 15:5)

  • Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God (Romans 15:7)

  • Instruct one another (Romans 15:14)

  • Greet one another with a holy kiss (Romans 16:16 and 4 other times)

  • When you come together to [eat the Lord’s Supper], wait for one another (1 Corinthians 11:33)

  • That there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. (1 Corinthians 12:25-26)

  • Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. (2 Corinthians 13:11)

  • Through love serve one another (Galatians 5:13)

  • The whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another. (Galatians 5:14-15)

  • Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another (Galatians 5:26)

  • Bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2)

  • With all humility, and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:2)

  • Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:32)

  • Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms, and hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19)

  • Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ (Ephesians 5:21)

  • In humility count others more significant than yourselves (Philippians 2:3)

  • Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others (Philippians 2:4)

  • Do not lie to one another (Colossians 3:9)

  • Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. (Colossians 3:12-13)

  • Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom (Colossians 3:16)

  • May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all (1 Thessalonians 3:12)

  • Encourage one another with these words (1 Thessalonians 4:18)

  • Encourage one another and build one another up (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

  • See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. (1 Thessalonians 5:15)

  • Exhort one another every day…that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin (Hebrews 3:13)

  • Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together…but encouraging one another (Hebrews 10:24-25)

  • Do not speak evil against one another, brothers (James 4:11)

  • Do not grumble against one another, brothers (James 5:9)

  • Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another (James 5:16)

  • Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart (1 Peter 1:22)

  • Keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8)

  • Show hospitality to one another without grumbling (1 Peter 4:9)

  • As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another (1 Peter 4:10)

  • Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another (1 Peter 5:5)

  • But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)

  • For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love. (Galatians 5:6)

 

Post Author: Thomas Hill

 

What's Most Important?

What is the primary heartbeat of your life?  Why do you get up in the morning?  Why do you do what you do through the day?  Why do you use money the way you do?  Where is your time being spent?  What do your long-term goals revolve around?  What drives your marriage and family?  How do you spend your weekends?

Your purpose in life informs your answers to all these questions. That which you most value shapes your life.

God has revealed there is a purpose to life.  You can and should build your life upon it.  The purpose of life is to know God, enjoy God, reflect his glory back to him in the pursuit of justice and mercy in all things, and do this in community with others through Jesus Christ.[1]

Consider how clearly and repeatedly God has revealed this purpose throughout the Bible:

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice,
and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Micah 6:8

And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God,
and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
John 17:3

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be added to you.
Matthew 6:33

Jesus answered, "The most important (commandment) is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
Mark 12:29-31

Through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 3:10

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
Romans 12:1

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

Every minute we can build our lives, families, time, ability, money, and priorities upon God’s purpose.  Tim Kizziar has famously said, “Our greatest fear as individuals and as a church should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”[2] Build your life upon that which matters.

 

Post Author: Thomas Hill

 

[1] Matt Perman, What’s Best Next (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014),166.

[2] Ibid., 143.

Is the Holy Spirit better?

If you had the option today, would you rather have Jesus physically present at your side or would you rather have the Holy Spirit? 

At first blush I think many of us would opt to have Jesus.  No doubt, his presence was a remarkable benefit to his disciples during his earthly ministry. Consider, though, what Jesus teaches his disciples: “I tell you the truth: it is TO YOUR ADVANTAGE that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you” (Jn. 16:7, emphasis mine). According to Jesus it is better to have the Helper, that is the Holy Spirit. He redirected the troubled hearts of his disciples with this same idea: “If you loved me, you would have REJOICED, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I” (Jn. 14:28, emphasis mine). Knowing the Son and the Father would send the Spirit should have resulted in the disciples’ joy.

Why is having the Holy Spirit better? Ponder some of these reasons:

  • He resides within the believer (Jn. 14:17).

  • He bears witness to the believer that he is a child of God (Ro. 8:16)

  • He communicates with the believer’s heart, soul, and mind (Ro. 8).

  • He will never leave the believer (Jn. 14:16).

  • He gives illumination to help the believer understand Scripture (1 Cor. 2:6-16).

  • He cultivates Christ-like character (Gal. 5:15-26).

  • He gifts and empowers the believer for ministry to others within the church (1 Cor. 12).

  • He empowers and makes fruitful the believers’ efforts to share the gospel (Ac. 1:8)

  • He is an internal deposit guaranteeing a believer will one day be fully glorified (Eph. 1:11-14).

  • He is present with all believers wherever they are in the world (Mt. 28:19).

Believer, be encouraged today that Jesus in his loving wisdom has given you a marvelous blessing. His Spirit is with you and that is to your ADVANTAGE!

Post Author: Thomas Hill