12 Mar Storyline Home Groups
This week, Storyline Fellowship launched a 10-week test-run of Home Groups. This is our first go-round, so we stand ready to work out the kinks. In these small ministry huddles, relationships are formed through community prayer and biblically centered conversations.
Through our Home Groups ministry, we strive to create spiritual greenhouses where people learn to love God and others more effectively. In these concentrated 90-minute gatherings, people will enjoy the company of others, share in heartfelt prayer and discuss the implications of last Sunday’s sermon. The only preparation required for Home Group is to hear the sermon—either live or online.
Why Home Groups?
The Great Commandment
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-38, NIV
Here, Jesus defines the core meanings of human life: to enjoy a growing relationship with God (the vertical) as well as a warm, growing relationship with “neighbors” (the horizontal). Human beings naturally crave both of these relational components. Just as the cross carries a perpendicular and parallel axis, every person longs for a strong connection with God and with others. The word neighbor includes those who share a common street, but also refers to those whom God sovereignly places in our path, as illustrated in the Parable of the Good Samaritan. If we love God, we will not ignore our neighbors.
Home Groups are where we study the Word of God and the lives of others. As people share how God is at work in their lives, a bond is formed and relationships grow. These types of conversations are among the greatest joys on earth.
The Structure of the New Testament Church
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… Acts 2:46, NIV
The early church held two types of gatherings: formal worship gatherings and informal home gatherings. Both were essential to the health of the church. In the corporate gathering, the believers would sing, celebrate the resurrection, sit under the Apostles’ teaching and pray. In the home groups, they took Communion and shared in meaningful conversations. Both gatherings were intended to be times of refreshment, and to catalyze their love for God and others.
The Challenge to Focus on Others
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Heb. 10:24, NIV
In Hebrews, Christians are challenged to search the lives of others, not to find fault, but to find needs. We should carefully consider how we might advance the lives of others.
Here are a few key questions for building Christian community:
- How can I “pour courage” into another’s heart (en-courage)?
- What needs does another believer have that I am uniquely equipped to meet?
- How can I pray for others intelligently and faithfully?
These questions are at the heart of the Christian faith, at the heart of our Home Groups.
If you attend Storyline and would like to get involved in a Home Group, it’s certainly not too late. Visit StorylineFellowship.com/home-groups to find a group in a location around Arvada or on a night and time that work best for you. We can’t wait to see you there!