“We should not think of our fellowship with other Christians as a spiritual luxury, an optional addition to the exercises of private devotions. Fellowship is one of the great words of the New Testament: it denotes something that is vital to a Christian’s spiritual health, and central to the church’s true life…The church will flourish and Christians will be strong only when there is fellowship.”
(J. I. Packer, God’s Words)

Jesus gave the Church the mission to make and mature disciples (Mt. 28:18-20), but God never intended anyone to be on this mission alone.  To fulfill his mission, God calls us to grow in him, help others grow, and work together as gospel-witnesses to reach our world. It’s something that touches all parts of life. The Sunday meeting is irreplaceable, but it cannot be the only context where we fulfill God’s mission.  We need community.  In small groups, we study and learn about God…together. We pray, reach out, care, help, console, laugh, and fulfill God’s mission…together.

Our Community-style small groups use the Sunday sermon as a springboard for discussion and fellowship to grow in Christ, help others grow, and work together as gospel-witnesses. They meet bi-weekly throughout the year, occasionally taking a break for the summer or over the holidays.

We also have Bible and topical study groups that meet bi-weekly during the Spring and Fall. These groups use a curriculum, study book or set of materials to guide their growth and study of a specific, intentional way we can grow in Christ, help others grow, and work together as gospel-witnesses.

Small Groups help provide a context to build relationships and grow in godliness. The Sunday meeting is irreplaceable but it cannot be the only context where we have fellowship with other Christians. The goal of a small group is simple—to grow in godliness with the help of the Holy Spirit and other people. We need others to care for, confront, love, encourage, help, console, laugh and live with us.

The Spring 2017 Session of Small groups is under way and the following groups remain open for new folks to jump in —


Community Groups: Living Life Together

The Sunday sermon is the springboard for fellowship and discussion.

Group 1: Led by Bob Newsome
Location: Various homes in NW Gilbert & Mesa
Meets: Tuesday evenings @ 7pm (2 meetings are all group, 2 meetings are separate men’s and women’s groups)

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Group 2
: Led by Bart Oegema
Location: Sovereign Grace Church
Meets: 1st & 3rd Sundays @ 12pm
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the apostles creed

Creeds summarize who we are, they teach us what is important and they help us avoid error. In modern business language, they are our “identity documents.” This study aims to fill out the content of the short statements of a creed that is familiar to many. In ten studies, it shows how they are derived from the Bible - the teaching of the apostles - and what the significance of this momentous formula is for our daily lives. Saying the creed need never be dull, confused or joyless again.

Group 1: Led by Darrell Anderson
Location: Ellsworth & McKellips in Mesa
Meets: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays @ 7pm

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Group 2
: Led by Samuel Posey
Location: Cooper & Elliot in Gilbert
Meets: 2nd & 4th Mondays @ 7pm (with Men's and Women's meetings on the 1st & 3rd Mondays respectively)

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Legacy: Live a legacy, leave a legacy

These groups are comprised primarily of folks 55+, although anyone is welcome!

Group 1: Led by Dale Furnish
Meets: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 12pm for lunch & discussion based on a book
Location: Sovereign Grace Church

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Group 2
: Led by Jack Chambers
Meets: Monthly (dates vary) @ 9am for coffee and sermon discussion for the summer months (June-Sept)
then switches to 1st & 3rd Tuesdays @ 11:30am for lunch and sermon discussion from Oct-May
Location: Sovereign Grace Church

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