Growth Groups

At Grace Church, the name we have given the small group ministry is Growth Groups. Growth Groups are a great way to get to know others and learn more about Christ. They meet periodically throughout the year on a weekly schedule for 6-8 weeks in various homes. We have groups for adults and High school students. Please Contact the church office for specific meeting times.  We are reminded to meet together as stated in Hebrews 10:23-26: 

"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,  not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." 


Seven Reasons We Need Growth Groups- John Piper

1. The impulse to avoid painful growth by disappearing safely into the crowd in corporate worship is very strong.


2. The tendency toward passivity in listening to a sermon is part of our human weakness.


3. Listeners in a big group can more easily evade redemptive crises. If tears well up in your eyes in a small group, wise friends will gently find out why. But in a large gathering, you can just walk away from it.


4. Listeners in a large group tend to neglect efforts of personal application. The sermon may touch a nerve of conviction, but without someone to press in, it can easily be avoided.


5. Opportunity for questions leading to growth is missing. Sermons are not dialogue. Nor should they be. But asking questions is a key to understanding and growth. Small groups are great occasions for this.


6. Accountability for follow-through on good resolves is missing. But if someone knows what you intended to do, the resolve is stronger.


7. Prayer support for specific need or conviction or resolve goes wanting. O how many blessings we do not have because we are not surrounded by a band of friends who pray for us.


To listen, watch or read this sermon message on this topic, click on this hyperlink "The Love of Human Praise as the Root of Unbelief" at Desiring God ministries.