God never meant for you to go it alone in the Christian life. At GFA, we put a high priority on small groups because we believe it is in the context of community that spiritual transformation takes place. Over 50 times in the New Testament the phrase “one another” is used to describe our relationship to other believers. We are instructed to love one another, encourage one another, pray for one another, accept one another, bear one another’s burdens and build up one another. The only way you can fully obey these commands is in the context of a small group! We really do need each other. In a small group setting, you can ask questions, participate in a discussion of the text, hear others share insights and illustrations of the truth you are trying to grasp, encourage others and be encouraged, and pray with friends and have friends pray for you.
Most people who have been part of a small group say the greatest benefit is the close relationships and friendships that develop. They will frequently contact each other during the week to share an urgent prayer request or an exciting answer to prayer. You’ll discover that your needs and problems are not unique – we’re all in the same boat. It helps to know that others are facing the same difficulties, or have lived through them and learned spiritual principles in the process. You’ll be reminded that you are not alone in this life.
Find a LifeGroup and get involved. You won’t regret it!