What are Life Groups all about?
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 Shining Star, 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.
Vision of Life Group
The vision of our Life Group ministry is the desire to see a community of believers(relationship) grow deeper in their love for Christ and their obedience to Him(discipleship).
Purpose of Life Group
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.
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
Two Goals of a Life Group:
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 Shining Star. 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, Small Groups provide a context for:
- Developing friendships.
- Caring for one another with practical help 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.
II. Biblical Discipleship
A disciple is a fully devoted follower of 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 encouraging each other through Scripture, praying together, and challenging one another toward growth in Christ‐likeness.
Our Life Groups meet:
Every Friday, 6:30PM @ Centreville
Every Thursday, 6:30PM @ McLean
Every 2nd & 4th Saturday of the Month, 5:00PM @ Falls Church
Every Thursday, 6:45PM @ Annandale
Every Thursday, 7:00PM @ Fairfax
Every Friday, 6:45PM @ Georgetown, D.C.
If you would like to learn more about our Life Groups, please contact our Community Pastor, Danny Lim(firstname.lastname@example.org)