Our small groups exist to equip Christians to experience gospel-centered community and to invite others to do the same.
We have a growing small group ministry at Living Proof. We call these groups, “Shepherd Groups.” While each group looks a little bit different, they all share a common purpose. We desire to experience gospel-centered community and we want other people to have the same privilege.
When we use the term, “Gospel-centered community” what we mean is that the primary glue among the group is Jesus Christ and his death and resurrection. The Apostle John wrote years ago, “If we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7).”
Do you see how walking in the light of God and being cleansed of sin by Jesus is what creates a bond like no other among a group of people? We desire to base our relationships with one another not on ethnicity, age, or economics, but rather on what Jesus has done for us.
In our Shepherd Groups we try to use our time together to actively apply the gospel to each others lives. “What does that mean?” you may ask. Let us explain.
We believe that the work of God in giving Jesus for our sins and raising him from the dead to secure our eternal relationship with him has significant implications for every moment of our lives. Applying the gospel to one another means that we try to help each other see those implications.
For example, John and Jane may be going through a trial in life. As they sit around a table sharing a meal with the folks in their Shepherd Group, it would be appropriate for one of their friends to remind them that Romans 8:28-29 tells us that God has purposed to make all of his children look more and more like Jesus. And God showed us the certainty of that promise by giving Jesus for us. That would mean that even John and Jane’s present trial must bow down to that gospel purpose. It may not make the situation change at all, but we believe this is the path to infusing hope into the trials of life. Members of the Shepherd Group would certainly spend time together praying for John and Jane and then continually offer them encouragement throughout their trying time.
Shepherd Groups are also great places for new people to step into the life of the church. Our hope is for Shepherd Groups to be constantly reaching out and inviting more people to experience gospel-centered community.
Shepherd Groups are great places to learn, safe places to fail, and the right place to share life. We hope you would consider connecting with a group soon.
If you would like to know more about which Shepherd Group would fit you best, click here.
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