What are Life Groups?

Life Groups 1024x1024What are Life Groups and why do we choose to use the term Life Groups instead of “Sunday School Classes” here at Warren? 

Life Groups Nurture Spiritual Maturity

Intentionality in spiritual growth.
A way of life that is centered on Jesus is marked by the ongoing pursuit of spiritual maturity. Scripture says that those who have tasted the Lord’s goodness and have been filled by His Spirit desire to know Him more.

The primary means by which we come to know the Triune God is through His divinely inspired Word, the Bible. The Bible is the perfect revelation of God—who He is, what He does, and why He alone is worthy of all worship and praise. Our Life Groups are committed to nurturing spiritual maturity by worshipping together through the Word of God.

“Class” vs. “Community”
A “class” mentality may be inclined to see this task limited to a certain hour of the week in a specific classroom at a particular address. A “class” could also see this goal being reached only through formal classroom lecture or facilitation.

But not a community! A “community” mentality encourages an ongoing pursuit of spiritual maturity. This pursuit does not have an address. It is not restricted to a specific day of the week. It is not bound to a block of time. Nor is it limited to one method of instruction. This collective pursuit of spiritual maturity, in all its various forms, becomes a way of life.

Life Groups Encourage Relational Accountability

Intentionality in relationships.
A way of life that is centered on Jesus is enriched by the presence of authentic community. Life Groups encourage relational accountability amongst diverse people who have been adopted as sons and daughters of God. These new “family” relationships are absolutely central to the Life Group community.

In order to grow as effective disciple-makers, we need our spiritual family. Life Groups are committed to supporting and encouraging, teaching and inspiring, and challenging and correcting fellow believers to love one another as Christ first loved us.

“Class” vs. “Community”

A “class” mentality could cause us to see accountability as another scheduling strain—“it’s one more thing to add to my already busy calendar”. Relationships can be seen as inconvenient and too messy to get involved in.

But not in a community! A “community” mentality encourages us to view these as opportunities to invest in your spiritual family. These smaller partnerships support believers as they surrender to the authority of Jesus Christ. As people grow together as a spiritual family, relational accountability becomes a way of life.

Life Groups Proclaim the Gospel of Jesus

Intentionality in mission.
A way of life that is centered on Jesus actively proclaims His Gospel to a particular people in tangible and creative ways.

The church exists to express the compassionate ministry of Jesus Christ. We do this by making His love and grace visible to people all around—both inside and outside the community of faith. Life Groups are missional communities designed to help people follow Christ and be changed by Him.

“Class” vs. “Community”

A “class” mentality could cause us to view this task as “an event”—whether monthly, quarterly, or yearly. A “class” mentality might even be inclined to see missions as something that’s only done by “professional missionaries”.

But not in a community! A “community” mentality encourages us to live every day with Gospel intentionality. Yes, a community will mobilize to serve at monthly, quarterly, and yearly opportunities. But individually, members of the community look to create Gospel intentionality in the everyday rhythms of life where people live, work, and play. Proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus becomes a way of life.

by Lance Stuckey, Community Missions Pastor, Warren Augusta

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