MAKING FOLLOWERS OF JESUS
Here at First Church we believe one of our primary purposes as a faith community is to help people to become and to grow as a follower of Christ. We have a variety of opportunities that are designed with that goal specifically in mind. No matter where you find yourself on your journey with Christ, from not yet sure to a giant of the faith, we have some exciting options for you to grow into who Christ has called you to be. These options include worshipping together as a community, getting involved in a life group and/or growth group, and a variety of service projects both locally and around the world.
THE CORE OF DISCIPLESHIP AT FIRST CHURCH: life and growth groups
WHAT IS A GROWTH GROUP?
Growth groups are a group of people who meet weekly or bi-weekly for an identified period of time to study Biblical text. That text can be a book written by a Christian author, scripture, or a study of the sermons that we hear on a weekend. Meetings can be at the church, held virtually or in many other locations.
WHAT IS A LIFE GROUP?
Life groups meet weekly throughout the year and are focused on doing “life” together as followers of Jesus in three primary aspects: service, prayer, and discussing the state of each member’s relationship with Jesus. We cannot follow Jesus on our own. Just as Jesus gathered the twelve disciples around him, we gather in life groups to encourge one another in their faith. It is not a place to judge one another for the state of their relationship with Jesus, rather it is an opportunity to live and join with fellow believers seeking Jesus’ transforming power daily. As a way to live out your faith in community, every group will serve the local community in the name of Jesus during their typical meeting time. Finally, life groups are built on prayer. Life groups bring every member of the group to the Lord in powerful, effective prayer. The groups consist of twelve people of all life stages who commit to meeting weekly to pray and to discuss their life with Jesus. Meetings will be held in homes.