About Life Groups
A Life Group (small group) is any 4 or more persons getting together on a regular basis, to do an activity, (Bible study, task, ministry, etc.) in which they interact with each other (fellowship) and have an identifiable leader.
Introducing Life Groups
Acts 2:46 says of the disciples, “Day by day they continued meeting together in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house.” When the Spirit came upon the people, transformation happened. The disciples became one in Christ. After this event they continued to meet together in the Jerusalem temple. But they also met together in smaller groups – in homes. At BCOG, we believe in gathering together for the proclamation of the Word, for corporate worship and prayer, and for celebrating baptisms and the Lord’s Supper together in our Sunday meetings. We want everybody in our body to make that a priority. But we also encourage involvement in a Life Group. This is because Life Groups are a great context for encouraging deeper relationships and growth in our Christian lives.
Life Groups facilitate:
- The application of the Word to our lives
- Accountability for living a Godly lifestyle
- Caring for one another
- Service to others
- The development of leaders
Life Groups at Bedford Church of God
At the heart of our vision for Life Group ministry at BCOG is the desire to see a community of believers (relationship) who are growing deeper in their love for Christ and their obedience to him (discipleship).
What is the Purpose of Life Groups?
The Scriptures indicate that the Christian life is to be lived out in community with other believers. Within that community, we are instructed to encourage one another, serve one another, rejoice and weep with one another, correct, instruct, build up, accept and love one another. Life Groups provide a wonderful context to facilitate involvement in one another’s lives.
Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
As a church, we are hopeful that our Life Group ministry will be one of the significant ways we live out our obedience to this exhortation.
How do Life Groups fit into BCOG as a Whole?
Though the Bible does not command us to organize a Life Group ministry, it does presuppose that a significant relational life exists within the church. Life Groups are a chosen means of cultivating relational life and discipleship at BCOG.
Two Goals of a Life Group: Relationships and Discipleship
The Christian life is not solitary. God calls us to live out our lives with Him in the context of relationships – especially those relationships with other members of BCOG. We are called to work out our relationship with Christ in community with our spiritual brothers and sisters. One of the primary purposes of the Life Group structure is to provide a context where we can establish real and lasting relationships.
Relationally, Life Groups provide a context for:
- Developing friendships
- Caring for one another with practical helps and personal encouragement
- Celebrating joyful occasions, and to have fun together
- Serving side by side with group members as we seek to serve others
- Encouraging outreach
A disciple is a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ who finds his/her identity in Christ and expresses that identity through loving God, loving others, and obeying the commands of Christ. The Life Group should be a place which encourages our growth in Christian discipleship. We are called to be disciples and to make disciples. In our meetings, we should strive to encourage each other through Scripture, praying together, and challenging one another toward growth in Christ-likeness.
If you are interested in joining a Life Group, please call the office today or visit the Welcome Center in the foyer immediately following the Sunday morning worship service.