COMMUNITY GROUPS ARE OUR PRIMARY DISCIPLESHIP STRATEGY
The Church isn’t an event, it’s a group of people living in life-on-life relationships together. Our hope is that The Grove would be a community of friends engaged in gospel-centered relationships. That means that the weekday is just as important as the weekend. We want to be a church that lives in authentic relationships together as we learn more about what it means to pursue a relationship with Jesus. This is not just something we do, it is fundamental to our identity in Christ. We were made for authentic community.
Community Groups mobilize the people of The Grove to carry out the mission God has given the church to make disciples. We use our Mission Statement to explain the expectations for our Community Groups:
- Gospel: Community Groups reach people with the good news of the gospel.
- Community: Community Groups grow together as disciples of Jesus who make other disciples of Jesus.
- Mission: Community Groups multiply disciples individually and collectively.
Discipleship happens in relationships, we don’t want to be a church that merely offers Community Groups, we want to be a church of community groups with people who are living life together and then gathering corporately each Sunday. Community groups enable us to be the church, making disciples and being discipled, growing in our love for God and our love for one another.
WHAT IS A DISCIPLE?
A Disciple is a Worshiper, Servant, and Witness in Community
A Worshiper responds to the gospel by growing in right beliefs, affections, and practices to glorify God (John 4:23-24)
A Servant responds to the gospel by serving both within the church and outside the church (Matthew 20:25-28; 25:31-46; John 13:1-17, 34-35, 15:1-5; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Peter 2:16, Mk 10:45, 1 Jn 3:14)
A Witness responds to the gospel by going to multiply disciples and sow gospel seeds (John 1:14; 17:18, 20:21; Colossians 1:19- 20; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, Acts 1:8, Rm 10:14-17)
So then, practically, a healthy disciple is: Growing, Serving, and Going
Growing in right beliefs, affections, and practices as a Worshiper of God (2 Thes 1:3; Heb 12:14; 2 Pt 3:18; 1 Pt 2:2-3; 1 Tim 4:7-8)
Serving the church and the world as a Servant of God (1 Cor 12-13; One Anothers)
Going to make disciple making disciples as a Witness of God and the gospel (Mt 28:18-20, Acts 1:8; 2 Cor 5:20, 2:15; 1 Cor 9:19)