Small groups are the units that make up the church body just like the cells that make up our physical bodies. In helping us develop our walk with Jesus in a loving and caring way, small groups are meant to foster a true sense of belonging to one another as members of the Family of God. It is because of the incredible unity and oneness of the Trinity that the Father was able to send the Son as a sacrifice. As Jesus said, “he who has seen me, has seen the Father.”
Therefore the small groups at GBF seek to enhance the idea/feeling of “bodiness” among the members of the church. “Bodiness” will be fostered by getting to know one another at a deeper level; identifying with each other in joys, sorrows, problems, and in the routes of life. Only through such intimate identification (getting into the skin of each other!) can the Body of Christ actually function as a body (“my finger is indeed a part of me!). Only through such closeness can we “stimulate one another to love and good deeds . . . encouraging one another and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.” (Heb. 10:24-25).
We understand that mutual burden bearing is the way that our faith works itself out in love (Gal. 5:6). The scriptures say, “Bear one another’s burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal 6:2), the law that bids us love one another (John 13:34,35). This concept of the functioning of the Body of Christ is to be under-girded by the precept that each small group member will seek primarily to give of himself/herself and not to get.
Groups meet on Monday or Tuesday evenings in the homes of our members. The Senior Small Group meets at the church on Wednesdays from 10:15-11:30 am. Contact the church office by phone (928-783-0133) or by email for more information.