What are Growth Groups?
Growth Groups is a ministry of First Baptist Church that focuses on discipleship in a small group setting. This ministry grew out of a burden for the body of Christ to function according to the New Testament pattern. God never intended for spiritual growth to happen in isolation; rather, He created the body of Christ to foster spiritual growth in community.
Each group is led by a leader and co-leader who are committed to both growing in Christ themselves and seeing their group grow in Christ. Growth Groups provide the opportunity for the body of Christ to engage on a more relational level than is available at a Sunday worship service. The weekly format caters to developing relationships on a deeper level.
Significant time is spent on praying for one another’s spiritual burdens and needs, followed by a study working through the material that was preached during the Sunday morning service earlier that week or through a focused small group study. The danger for any person is simply to become a hearer of the Word and not a doer. Growth Groups aid in developing doers of the Word, not simply hearers.
Why Growth Groups?
Platform for Biblical Discipleship
Growth Groups exist because the Great Commission exists. The heart of the Great Commission is disciple-making. Growth Groups provide a valuable platform where discipleship can take place in a natural way.
Enables Biblical Shepherding
God calls the leaders of the church to be shepherding the Body of Christ (Acts 20:28; 1 Pet 5:1-3). Growth Groups enable the men to shepherd the body more effectively in a small group atmosphere.
Opportunity for Effective Prayer
Growth Groups provide the opportunity for the members of the body to get to know each other on a deeper level. This will result in numerous opportunities for the groups to be praying effectively for one another.
Establishes Authentic Community
A church is not a building; it is a body. Growth Groups helps foster an atmosphere of authentic community by connecting the members of the body with each other in a deeper relationship than can happen during a worship service.
Focused Gospel Growth
Growth Groups do not simply focus on the facts of the Gospel, but how the Gospel applies to all areas of life. These groups take Gospel Growth seriously.
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