“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 2017 Session of Small groups is under way and we have several groups available 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 Errol Berry
Location: Higley & Elliot in Gilbert
Meets: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays @ 7pm, starting August 2nd

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Group 2
: Led by Trey Richardson
Location: Cooper & Elliot in Gilbert
Meets: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays @ 7pm, starting August 16th
(Trey & Charlotte will be out of town the first week of August, so their first group meeting will actually be on August 16th, not the 2nd.)

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Group 3
: Led by Frank Lundy
Location: Lindsay & University in Mesa
Meets: 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 6:30pm, starting August 10th

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Group 4: Led by Clint Richardson
Location: Lindsay & Warner in Gilbert
Meets: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at 7:00pm, starting August 9th

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Ephesians

Ephesians is a book that excites us about all we have in Christ, transforms our view of our church, thrills us as we see our part in God's amazing plan, and challenges us about our day-to-day lives. This study will take you through the whole letter, explaining and applying it to our lives as both church members and as individuals.

Group 1: Led by Aaron Habegger
Location: Higley & Germann in Gilbert
Meets: 1st & 3rd Mondays @ 7pm, starting August 7th

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Group 2
: Led by Samuel Posey
Location: Cooper & Elliot in Gilbert
Meets: 2nd & 4th Mondays @ 7pm, starting August 14th (with Men's and Women's meetings on the 1st & 3rd Mondays respectively)

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Resident but Alien: How the early church grew

The early church was growing rapidly. For three hundred years, despite discrimination and persecution, people took the risky step of being baptized and entering into the life of an exciting but despised religious minority. What was it that attracted people to become Christians? How did the Christians share their message with others? This study works to answer those questions, look at insights into the early Christian life, the writings of early Christians and glean relevant clues about the ways Christians now can live and share the Gospel today.

Group 1: Led by Darrell Anderson
Location: Ellsworth & McKellips in Mesa
Meets: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays @ 7pm, starting August 2nd

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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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