@ Light and Life Church
Welcome! We are so glad you are looking into small groups at Light and Life Church. It is our hope you find a group where you can experience growth in Christ and community.
We would love for you to become involved one our existing groups or join our interest list for our next church-wide small group campaign.
A small group at Light and Life Church is a gathering of 4 to 12 people who seek to help each other become more like Christ and typically goes for 8 weeks. Our small groups are sermon-based. You won't have a book to read or video to watch. Our leaders will have the sermon notes from the Sunday message. All we ask is for you to attend the service or listen to it online and bring notes and questions to your small group. Groups typically meet once a week and they meet in homes, coffee shops, restaurants, places of work, and here at Light and Life.
Small Group Values
Our hope is to create biblical disciples in relational environments.
“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2.46-47
They do this by sharing God’s Word and opening their lives to one another.
There are four elements essential to a healthy small group:
We were made to have a relationship with God and with others in the hopes of becoming more like Christ (Colossians 3.12-17). While we can’t be deeply connected to everyone, we can be deeply connected to some. When we are open to share, pray, and care for one another, our relationships deepen and we help each other grow (Hebrews 10.24).
God calls every follower of Jesus to mature in their faith (Ephesians 4.1-3), and we believe this growth happens best when small groups of believers gather to grow in Christlikeness. When people invest in your life and you invest in theirs, growth happens (Ephesians 4.16). That’s why we say “people help people grow spiritually. Small groups are designed to help you.
In our quest to grow in Christlikeness, there are certain disciplines (practices) that can help us. Disciplines such as prayer, study of Scripture, confession, service, and many others can serve as a springboard toward spiritual maturity. However, these disciplines are best modeled in community where they can take deeper root in our personal lives.
We believe the church is called to serve the poor, the forgotten, and the dispossessed (Isaiah 1.17; Matthew 25.31-46). When small groups act in compassionate ways in their local communities and around the world, they become expressions of the love of God. These hands extended in compassion toward others are an outflow of community and growth in Christ.