At Village Christian we emphasize the importance of attendance in the Sunday Worship Service and participation in a small group.
We believe that the LORD Jesus has especially designed us to derive a wealth of benefits in each setting. It’s worth noting -- that Christianity began with a small group – the twelve disciples. Note the early Christian use of both the large and small formats:
“and they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their bread with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” (Acts 2:46-47)
WHAT HAPPENS IN SMALL GROUPS?
Without question, we constantly need to renew a strong connection with God – to receive His essential grace and give Him our whole heart in passionate worship. But we also continually need to maintain strong connections with other followers of Jesus Christ – to accomplish the following designs:
Worship – directs our thanks & gratefulness to Jesus Christ while we reflect on who He is and the great things that He’s done for us
Prayer – brings personal and group needs & circumstances to God knowing that He listens & is actively involved in answering our prayers through His own will, wisdom and timing.
. . . learning is a vital part of maturing in the LORD. Small groups can help us gain and apply the biblical knowledge that we need:
Knowledge about Jesus Christ and Scripture that effects our character
Understanding how to practically apply what we learn as Christians from His Word at home, at work, in friendships, at church and in the community.
This setting affords us the opportunity to learn from Scripture but also from one other as well. Invariably, it helps us to see “life” through the eyes and experience of other Christians.
. . . for God designed us all with abilities, talents, insights & inclinations that He can use to truly benefit others and also help to the develop His church. Small groups can assist us in identifying and developing in our God-given gifts and initiating care for others. We know that God has created us to make a difference in the lives of others – and for others to express their practical experience and faith to us as well.
. . . we are not meant to walk through this life isolated and alone. We need to have Christians as best friends and learn to become a faithful friend to them as well. Small groups provide an opportunity to make and maintain these friendships. In addition to Christ-centered learning and sharing, the fewer number of persons involved, the informal format, eating together, doing fun things, etc. -- all contribute to getting to know people.
. . . small group meetings also provide the opportunity to introduce friends, family & acquaintances to the message about Jesus Christ among the Christians that you most trust.