Better Together: Big Faith in Small Groups

By Mark Regis, Director of Discipleship
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Everyone longs for meaning and purpose. Countless people across the world have learned that real life satisfaction is found in a deep spiritual connection with God. But how does this connection happen? How does it ‘work’?
Jesus Christ said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For centuries, Christians have experienced the transformative power of relationship with Jesus, but have also learned that this is not a solitary journey. Just as Jesus called 12 people to be his spiritual students and friends, so we also grow best in joy and spiritual freedom when we journey with others in authentic relationship. 
Gathering in our big community of faith on Sunday mornings is essential. Time with God alone in prayer and meditating on the Bible is key. But the way to fully engage our spiritual lives is to time with closer fellowships of people. 
This is what Small Groups are all about. In them we grow in authentic relationship, we learn God’s Word together, we pray and we serve together – and through it all, we are brought more in touch with the “rest for our souls” that Jesus promises. We are truly better together.
For the next several weeks, we will journey with the Apostle Paul through his first Biblical letter to the Corinthian Christians. Here we will see a city like our city, with similar challenges of busyness, mixed agendas, cultural misunderstandings and more. We are going to learn how Jesus inspires them and us towards a compelling purposeful vision for life in him in community, to have a Big Faith in Small Groups.