Why Small Groups
Many people have never been part of a small group. Some have participated in one in the past but are not currently in one. Others have realized the benefits and the importance of a small group and have continued to participate.
Small groups are for everybody, all the time. For the reasons below it is important to be a part of a small group, all the time, not just once or once in awhile. I have a friend who was telling me that in his church, everyone is expected to be in a small group. If not, they are encouraged to go to another church. (I guess to go where they don’t have to get involved.) That seems extreme, but it does emphasize how important a small group is to our spiritual lives.
Small groups keep us growing and accountable. Whether it is through reading the Bible and studying the readings for the week, memorizing Bible verses, or preparing in some other way, small groups keep us focused on our walk and relationship with God as we grow and mature spiritually. Jesus calls us to both be disciples and to go make disciples, and this growth is part of being a disciple. See John 8:31-32, John 15:7-8, Mt 28:19-20, Mt 4:19.
Small groups keep us from “going it alone” in our faith. God calls us into relationships with Him and each other. He made us that way. We are to love God above all else and each other as well. (Mt 22:37-39) It’s impossible to love someone without spending time with them or developing a relationship with them.
Small groups provide us with support. We need a network of support. We need Christian friends to confide in and to pray for us in difficult times. It is comforting to know that someone or even better a group is praying for us when things go bad. Do you have close non-Christian friends from work or elsewhere? How much better it is to have close Christian friends in the body of Christ.
Man Alive: Transforming Your 7 Primal Needs into a Powerful Spiritual Life
Don’t settle for half alive. God wants more for you. This eight week discussion group follows Patrick Morley’s Man Alive book. It is estimated that 90% of Christian men lead lukewarm, stagnant, defeated lives, but in Jn 10:10, Jesus promised us “a rich and satisfying life”. What are we missing? We need to address these 7 primal needs. Don’t settle for half alive.
Sign up for this 8 week book study at 10:10 starting Sept. 29th or another time during the week (to be determined).
Every Man A Warrior: Helping Men Succeed in Life, by Lonnie Berger
Men are losing the battles of life! According to the respected Barna Research Group, forty % of Christian men will divorce, half look at porn, and their children are leaving the church in record numbers. Few men feel equipped to face the challenges of life they fight on a daily basis.
Every Man a Warrior helps men succeed in life! It’s relevant – recounting the stories of real men dealing with real life struggles and revealing how God has solutions. No man wants to fail! This course is designed to equip men with the essential skills to fight and win in the battles of life.
This is a 3 book series, “Walking with God” (9 weeks), “Marriage and Raising Children” (8 weeks), and Money, Sex, Work, Hard Times, Making your Life Count” (10 weeks). Do the first or go on to all three.
For more information, please contact Pete Sherry, Director of LIFE Ministry. email@example.com
Small Groups for Men, Women, or Married Couples
The 2:7 Series: A Course in Personal Discipleship to Strengthen Your Walk with God
When a tree takes root, it’s not long before the action is mirrored above ground. New branches shoot out. Green, healthy leaves appear. Even the trunk grows sturdier, more storm-resistant. Because of the roots, the tree becomes firm and fruitful. And so it is with you. The deeper you root your life in Christ, the stronger you’ll become.
This 3 book series is designed to help you build a strong foundation for your Christian life through enriching Bible study, Scripture memory, and group interaction. The books are: ”Growing Strong”, “Deepening your Roots”, and “Bearing Fruit”. Each book is 11 weeks. You can expect long-term, life-changing results such as: a closer relationship with God, memorizing scripture verses, renewed concern for others, the camaraderie of a small group, and bearing fruit. You can do one or go on to all three.
Wednesday Morning Bible Study
For years, members and friends of Roseville Lutheran Church have gathered on Wednesday mornings to engage in a spirited, pastor-led bible study. This study will resume on September 11, taught by Pastor Steve and Pastor Kris.
The format this year will focus on the texts for the coming Sunday each week. If the preacher is using the gospel, or the epistle, or the Old Testament reading for his/her sermon, that will be the scripture text we’ll study on Wednesday. The pastor will already be preparing a sermon, your insights will help form the sermon, and by the time you get to worship, you’ll already have insight for that worship time. Join us on Wednesdays…and you’ll be Smarter by Sunday!
Couples Bible Study
Couples, are you interested in getting to know other couples in the church? Are you interested in growing in your faith together? Well then the Couples Bible Study is for you! If you are interested or want more information, contact Maren Schultz at firstname.lastname@example.org or Melinda Knatterud at email@example.com. We meet on the 2nd Sunday of every month from 4-6:30 p.m. Childcare is provided!
All moms are welcome to join us for a time of Bible study and fellowship. We meet the 2nd and 4th Fridays of every month from 9:30-11:30am in the Lounge. If you are looking for a way to meet other moms, a chance to devote some time to yourself and study the Bible with other moms, or just need a break, please come visit our group. Childcare will be provided. Please contact Marlaine Maahs with questions or to request a study guide at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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