Community Groups are mixed gender groups of ten to twenty people that commit to meet regularly to study the Bible, pray, fellowship, and serve one another and the community in the interest of growing in and advancing the Gospel.
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Galatians 5:13-14
What are Community Groups?
By meeting regularly for study and praying together over each other’s needs, believers build bonds that enable them to sharpen one another “as iron sharpens iron.” (Prov. 27:17) . These verses teach that there is an essential way in which our growth in Christ-likeness happens in a tight-knit community, and recognizing this is especially important in a society that commonly views church as passive entertainment, and in which believers often attend worship and leave without advancing beyond superficial encounters with other people.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
Why Community Groups?
Heritage Church strives to be a body of believers who let their light shine before others, so that others may see our good works and give glory to our Father in heaven (Mt. 5:16). Community Groups facilitate service to other believers within the church and in gospel-driven evangelism in the valley. If you know of any opportunities for service within the body or community please pass them along to one of the leaders.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Hebrews 10:24
God transforms us through his Word, which is “living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Heb. 3:12) Small group Bible study builds up believers by adding a level of discussion and interaction among participants that helps them to better understand and apply the teachings of Scripture.
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42