Living, Doing, Sharing Life Together – these small groups are about coming together to develop community, in order to grow closer to God through discipleship and then live missionally. They were re-launched in May 2013 modelled on the early church:
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved (Acts 2:42-47).
In the first century men and women who followed Christ didn’t meet in large congregations, rather they met in homes. They would come together and simply “DO LIFE” the only way they knew how – together. These first Christians opened up every aspect of their lives to everyone around them in order to reach the unreached and develop their devotional life. Simply put these groups are about living life together and encouraging one another to keep Christ at the centre. The church in Acts all gathered together because they had everything in common. ‘Everything in common’ is having Jesus at the centre of everything. The end result was that God blessed the church and added to their number.
This is essentially about discipleship, relationship and mission. It’s about growing closer to God and closer to each other and reaching those who haven’t yet found the joy of friendship with God. In this way we can love and support each other in our journey to follow Christ.
Small groups are an important part of our spiritual growth. We have a wide range of groups which offer all ages from 11-70+ the opportunity to grow in their faith through bible study and fellowship, prayer and mission. They run at various times from Monday-Friday, with daytime and evening groups situated around the north Birmingham area; more information available on request.