North Wake Church Small Group Ministry
Small groups at North Wake cultivate friendships to deepen our love for God, one another, and our neighbors.
- Love God
- Love One Another
- Love Our Neighbors
- Pursue Christlikeness:As believers, small groups are called to be conformed to the image of Christ (Rom. 8:29). We recognize, however, that we cannot do this in isolation. Therefore, we meet together to encourage one another to faithfully pursue godliness. Additionally, as we see others walk in obedience, we observe in tangible ways what Christlikeness looks like and are encouraged by their example.
- Apply God’s Word:God’s Word is not merely to be heard but it is to be faithfully obeyed (Jas. 1:22). In small groups, we get a chance to reflect on God’s Word together, especially on how the truths in Scripture are to be lived out in our various circumstances. The goal of small group discussion is not to re-preach the sermon but carefully consider what it means to submit to God in all of life.
- Cultivate Affection for God:As we meet together, we are called to “stir up one another toward love and good deeds” (Heb. 10:24–25). That is, we are to encourage each other to love and obey God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30). By praying together, sharing testimonies, praising God (in words or music), and bearing one another’s burdens, we hope to stir up affections for God in each other.
Love One Another
- Care For One Another:We help meet the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of one another. As we become aware of a member’s need, the rest of the members share those burdens (Gal. 6:2) and go through that experience with them (1 Cor. 12:26). We celebrate with one another in the good times and support one another in the hard times (Rom. 12:15) and provide for one another in practical & tangible ways (Jas. 2:14-17; 1 Tim. 5:8).
- Mentor Each Other:Mentoring relationships (formally or informally) form as one small group member comes alongside another small group member and helps them assess & address their spiritual growth needs (2 Tim. 2:2). As one small group member experiences growth in their own life, they will then go and mentor others (Matt. 28:18-20) and the whole church matures (Eph. 4:7-16).
- Practice Gospel-focused Accountability:It is within the close relationships forged in small groups that we help each other fight off temptations, put-off sin (vice), and put-on righteousness (virtue) as we remind each other of our new identity in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). We do this as we exhort, edify, and encourage one another (Heb. 3:12-13; 1 Thess. 5:11; Heb. 10:23-25) in our pursuit of Christ-likeness together.
- Reach Lost for Christ:God not only calls individuals to tell of Him, but also equips us in groups (Luke 10:1; Mark 6:7; Acts 13:2). We encourage one another to be ready and to intentionally find times and ways to speak of Jesus to others (1 Pet. 3:15).
- Host Unbelievers:As God’s ambassadors, we bring the gospel message to our spheres of influence (neighborhood, work, recreation, family, etc.) where no church building exists (1 Cor. 9:22; 2 Cor. 5:20). We pray and care for the people God has placed in our lives in hopes of bringing them into a joyful relationship with Christ (Acts 17:26; Eph. 1:22-23).
- Pray for Boldness & Opportunity:We frequently pray for each other to have opportunities to joyfully share the good news of Jesus (Eph. 6:18-20; Acts 1:14). Despite our weaknesses and fears, we trust in God’s power to work through us and in the lives of those we are sharing with (1 Cor. 2:3-5; Rom. 8:17-18; Phil. 1:27-30; Col. 1:24-29).
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