Why Join a Life Group?
April 12, 2018
By Elaine Friedrich, Director of Digital Discipleship and Faith Formation
What do you get when you have a small group of women who are in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s who meet together each week to study the Bible and talk about their relationship with God? You get transformed lives for Jesus Christ. That’s what being in an adult life group is all about. That’s what has happened in my life!
The Christian life is not meant to be lived in isolation, but rather in a community. As we live in relationship with one another, we grow as men and women in whom Christ lives.
What are Life Groups?
Life groups are how we grow spiritually at Mt. Bethel in order to develop a deeper relationship with Christ and each other. Life groups are groups of 8-12 people who meet weekly with the purpose of spiritual formation. Life groups meet in homes or in a coffee shop. A life group is not a Sunday school class or even a Bible study, although they do focus on the Bible. It is not a social group, even though fellowship is a part of the weekly meeting. It is not a community organization, although we learn together. It is not a prayer group, but we do pray.
Life groups gather each week for fellowship, grow in discipleship through study of the scriptures, and go into the world to serve and reach others for Christ. Some groups are comprised of only men, some only women, and others are blended. Some meet early in the mornings, some meet in the middle of the day, and others meet in the evenings.
Life groups are the best way to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of our lives, our city, and our world. They are:
- A unique model from our Wesleyan tradition
Life groups are transformative. They grow our understanding of God through exploring the Scriptures and developing our relationship with each other. Life groups consist of a first-hand exposure to the Bible. Everyone simply brings themselves to the Scriptures, is present with one another, and asks the Holy Spirit to illuminate minds and hearts in the gathering time.
We also believe that the very model of a life group is scriptural. We find our basis for this in the way Jesus models discipleship with the 12 disciples. Jesus took twelve men and spent the next three years pouring the very words of God into them. Through this, the Holy Spirit illuminated the good and the bad intents of their hearts between each other and God Himself. It was this kind of life-on-life discipleship that could not hide each other’s imperfections. Life groups are the 21st century equivalent to Jesus’ example.
Finally, life groups are a unique part of our Wesleyan tradition as Christians. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, advanced the kingdom that changed the course of history. Small groups of people came together to hold each other accountable through the study of scripture and relational discipleship. These were the foundation of everything Wesley did and even dictated where he went to evangelize.
Check out a short preview of one of our life groups to get an idea of what a life group looks like.
If you’re ready to take the next step in your walk with Christ and join a life group, visit our website to join one. You can join a group through our North Campus, or you can join one of our Lower Roswell campus groups.