“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 Fall 2018 Session of Small groups is underway 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 August 7th
Group 2: Led by Clint Richardson
Location: Gilbert & Warner in Gilbert
Meets: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at 7:00pm, starting August 8th
Group 3: Led by Zach Boomsma
Location: Cooper & Ray in Gilbert
Meets: 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 7:00pm (w/ optional potluck dinner at 6:30pm), starting August 9th
Family On MIssion
The last and greatest command that Jesus gave before he ascended to Heaven, was to go and make disciples - and that he would be with us! Using the gospels and the book of Acts, this group will look closely at how Jesus, the disciples and the early church did ministry and sought to make other disciples. Come explore and learn practical ways to create a lifestyle of prayer, anticipation, engagement, love and normal conversation to be able to love on people and share Jesus with them!
Group 1: Led by Rick Ryan
Location: Cooper & Ocotillo
Meets: 2nd & 4th Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm, starting August 14th
Come dig into a richer understanding of the book of Philippians at this small group through a slow and close study of the book itself.
Group 1: Led by Jeff Palen
Location: Crismon & Guadalupe in Mesa
Meets: 1st & 3rd Fridays @ 7pm, starting August 3rd
Galatians: Gospel Matters
Gospel Matters takes us to the heart of a dispute of eternal significance. The Galatian church was torn between the view that their efforts saved them, and the gospel, which told them that it was Christ's work, not theirs, that mattered. The choice still confronts us today making this a hugely relevant and exciting book to study.
Group 1: Led by Frank Lundy
Location: Gilbert & McKellips in Mesa
Meets: Every Thursday evening at 6:30pm, starting August 2nd
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 Trey Richardson
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