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Small Groups: Why and How

06.06.14 | by Jake Mason

    What is a Small Group?

    Great question! A small group is a group of people that meet together regularly for the purpose of building relationships that will spur each other on toward love and good deeds. (Hebrews 10:23-25)

    North Wake Church sees small groups as a priority for every member. Why? Because we believe that the Scriptures attest to the centrality of relationships—our relationship with God and our relationship with one another (1 John 1:6-7). This emphasis is brought to light by the fact that the New Testament promises of victory are corporate (1 Cor.15:57; 1 Jn 5:4; Rev 5:9-10). In other words, the Bible emphasizes that the Christian life and sanctification are to be experienced in the context of a loving, caring fellowship.

    Why small groups? Because sin is a deadly disease and isolation can hinder our spiritual growth. The local church and, in this context, small groups provide the encouragement, correction, and accountability that keeps all of us from drifting (Heb 3:12-13). J.I. Packer in his book God’s Words writes:

    "We should not think of our fellowship with other Christians as a spiritual luxury, an optional addition to the exercises of private devotions. Fellowship is one of the greatest words of the New Testament: it denotes something that is vital to a Christian’s spiritual health, and central to the  Church’s true life…The church will flourish and Christians will be strong  when there is fellowship."

    We believe that this type of fellowship, where people are involved in ministering to one another, happens best where one can know and be known. Therefore, North Wake is a church that not only has or “offers” small groups, but a church that is committed to the idea of Biblical fellowship and is built on small groups.