Life Groups


What is a Life Group?

 A Life Group is a small group of people committed to growing in their love for God, each other and those whom have not yet responded to God’s love.

A Life Group consists of 6-14 people that meet each week to encourage one another in their walk with God, support and care for one another, and seek to share the good news of the gospel within their circles of influence.

Whether you are a brand new believer or have been a Christ-follower for many years, it is important to continue to grow in your relationship with Christ and with others. You will see how God is actively at work around you as you hear biblical truths discussed and applied in your Life Group. Your faith and your relationship with God and with others will be strengthened.


Essential Elements of Life Groups

1. PRINCIPLES that Form the Foundation in our Life Groups:

The Message     Power of the Gospel        “For God so loved the world that He gave His
                                                                         one and only Son,” John 3:16
The Method     Led by the Holy Spirit        “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step
                                                                         with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25
The Motive      Compelled by Love             “As I have loved you, so you must love one
                                                                         another.” John 13:34


2. PURPOSES that Maintain Balance in our Life Groups:

Love God              (Upward)         Abiding in Christ                     Communion with God

Love One Another   (Inward)       Loving Each Other               Community with One Another

Love the Lost       (Outward)    Bearing Witness to Christ    Commissioning to Live in the World


3. PRIORITIES that Provide Focus in our Life Groups:

Importance of Prayer

Application of Scripture

Sharing Life Together


4. PRODUCTS that Measure Success in our Life Groups:

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."  1 Corinthians 10:31

"And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."  2 Corinthians 3:18

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control."  Galatians 5:22-23


5. POSITIONS that Affirm Leadership in our Life Groups:

Shepherd    Give primary leadership to the spiritual needs of the group.

Deacon       Give primary leadership to the physical needs of the group.

Host            Give primary leadership to the functional and organizational needs of the group.


Why Do I Need a Life Group?
 
The church is not a place, name, building, or program.  The church is people.  God has called us to be connected to one another in community.  If you want to meet people and grow in your relationship with God, we believe being a part of a Life Group is the best place for you.
 
Jesus said in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  God’s desire for us is that we will experience life to its fullest extent in Jesus Christ.  But if we are honest, we must admit that many times life seems crazy and unpredictable.  We do not know what the future holds.  Therefore we need a place where we can find hope and encouragement in this very uncertain world.  In addition, God has designed us to be social and to need one another.  Life Groups provide an effective means to share life together.  It is within the loving and caring context of a Life Group that we can experience fellowship, support, prayer, sharing, nurture, encouragement, accountability, growth as well as outreach.
 
We need God; we need each other. Together we are strengthened and encouraged to grow in our faith. Life Groups offer opportunities to get connected with others and learn how to apply God's Word to our everyday life. Just as iron sharpens iron, we can sharpen each other as we spend time together.  Life Groups provide an environment where people can develop friendships and strengthen one another spiritually.
 
We believe intentional relationships are a key to sustained spiritual growth.  That’s why Life Groups are such an important part of our discipleship strategy. Life Groups allow believers to grow closer to one another and develop friendships with others at Buhler MB Church.  Participating in Life Groups not only unites people together, but also fosters spiritual growth. We place a high premium on Life Groups because we cannot personally as a staff, minister to everyone who attends our church. It is a tool to minister effectively to our church family.
 
 
Biblical Basis of Life Groups
 
"They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 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, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." Acts 2:42-47
 
"Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ."  Acts 5:42
 
"You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house."  Acts 20:20
 
Community is one of the fundamental elements of the early church. The book of Acts paints a beautiful picture of a Church living as a community in 2:42-47. It speaks of believers gathering together, devoting themselves to teaching and fellowship, serving those in need, eating together, and worshiping God. In community is how God intends the church to function and continues to be how we should live out our faith.
 
We are committed to seeing ourselves become more like Christ, for that is what it means to be a Christian.
 
 
 How Do I Join a Life Group?

Is There a Life Group for Me?  Of course!  Life Groups come in all shapes and sizes.  Each Life Group is a little different and takes on its own personality. You may choose a Life Group that meets at a time or location that’s convenient for you. Others choose groups based on the life stage or age of its group members. For instance, you may be interested in a ladies' group, a men's group, a couples' group, a singles' group, or a mixed group. You get the idea! A wide variety of Life Groups are meeting each week. You decide which one is right for you.

 When and Where Do Life Groups Meet?  Our groups meet at different times. While most groups meet in a consistent location (the home of a group member), some groups prefer to take turns meeting in different member's homes.

How Often Do Life Groups Meet?  Groups meet the 2nd and 4th week of each month, but are encouraged to meet weekly.

How Long Does a Life Group Meeting Last?  Each Life Group meets for 1 1/2 - 2 hours.

What Goes On At a Life Group Meeting?  Though each group differs in how they are structured, group time emphasizes prayer, scripture and sharing.

What Do Life Groups Study?  Each group picks their own curriculum.

Is Childcare Provided for Each Life Group Meeting?  Childcare is provided at the church on the 2nd and 4th Sunday evenings of each month from 6 - 8 PM.

 

 ~ Life Group Options:

Interest Based-Sermon, common need, support or task.

Age Based-Same age or intergenerational.

Location Based-Geographical, neighborhood, city block.


 ~ Finding a Life Group

Decide what type of group you are looking for so you’ll have the best chance of connecting with people.

Find groups that are a good fit:

Visit the group! Keep in mind that visiting a group doesn’t mean you’re committed to it, so if the first group you try isn’t a fit, that’s fine – just give another one a try!  Click the Life Group Sign Up Form button below to get started.