“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 2018 Session of Small groups is beginning soon and we have quite a few groups available —
Community Groups: Living Life Together
The Sunday sermon is the springboard for fellowship and discussion.
Group 1: Led by Bob Newsome
Location: Cooper & Guadalupe in Gilbert
Meets: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays @ 7pm, (with men's & women's meetings on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays respectively) starting February 6th
Group 2: Led by Chris Nevin
Location: Tomahawk & Baseline in Apache Junction
Meets: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays @ 7pm, starting February 6th
Group 3: Led by Trey Richardson
Location: Cooper & Elliot in Gilbert
Meets: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays @ 7pm, starting February 7th
Group 4: Led by Darrell Anderson
Location: Ellsworth & McKellips in Mesa
Meets: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays at 7:00pm, starting February 7th
Group 5: Led by Clint Richardson
Location: Gilbert & Warner in Gilbert
Meets: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at 7:00pm, starting February 14th
Group 6: Led by Frank Lundy
Location: Lindsay & University in Mesa
Meets: Every Thursday evening at 6:30pm (w/ optional potluck dinner at 6:00pm), starting February 1st
Group 6: Led by Zach Boomsma
Location: Cooper & Ray in Gilbert
Meets: 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 6:30pm (w/ optional potluck dinner at 6:00pm), starting February 8th
The Prodigal God
Using his characteristic intellectual approach to faith issues, Timothy Keller uncovers an unexpected message in the familiar - and often misunderstood - New Testament parable of the prodigal son. Seekers and believers will see Christianity in a whole new way when they learn how Christ's followers are supposed to love!
Group 1: Led by Aaron Habegger
Location: Higley & Germann in Gilbert
Meets: 1st & 3rd Mondays @ 7pm, starting February 5th
Heaven: IT'S NOT WHAT YOU THINK (Why christianity is about so much more than going to heaven when you die)
The Christian life isn't about escaping this world to get into the next; it's about experiencing God's kingdom coming and His will being done on earth as it is in heaven. Yes, the gospel promises eternal life, but it starts now, not after we die. This Bible study pulls the original context of key biblical themes into our current understanding to unlock an exciting reality—one that isn't new, just forgotten.
Group 2: Led by Samuel Posey
Location: Country Club & Baseline in Gilbert
Meets: 2nd & 4th Mondays @ 7pm, starting February 11th (with Men's and Women's meetings on the 1st & 3rd Mondays respectively)
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
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