Group Life

Group Life is one of the best ways to dive deeper into New Hope and get connected with others.  We have a variety of small groups that meet on a weekly basis.  Some share meals together…others have fun outings together…but all take time to have a brief study together most weeks straight from the Bible.  This isn’t your average teaching…this is learning together and discussing together as you grow!

Small Groups are more than just a “Small Group” of people – it’s a great way to meet new friends and find strength from others who are just like we are.  Small Groups meet at various houses and on various nights of the week and at various times.  You’ll find that different groups have different interests as well.  Still interested in why you should join a Small Group?  Here’s a few thoughts to spur you towards someone else’s couch:

1. Small Groups help you understand the context better…

Ok.  Admit it.  You’ve sat in a church before and listened to a sermon where, perhaps, other people were nodding their heads and even saying “amen!” and you thought “ummmm……what did he just say?”  Still…you nodded your head in cadence with everyone else because, afterall, you can’t seem oblivious to what everyone else seems to know, right?  Truth be known – the guy next to you may be doing the same thing.
 
Have you ever wanted to ask – right in the middle of a sermon – “what does THIS mean?” or “what about this….?” or just a big ole’ “I don’t GET IT!” then a Small Group is exactly what you need.  In a Small Group setting, you get the opportunity to “un-pack” what was discussed in a sermon and hear – in plain english – what like minded people have searched the Bible to find the same answers to.

2. Small Groups help you connect to God’s family…

Once there was a man walking in a garden alone…and God thought it wasn’t good for him to be alone.  Ya know – God hasn’t changed his opinion since then.  It isn’t good for us to be alone.  One of the greatest benefits of being in a Small Group is the close relationships and friendships that develop.

It’s common for Small Group members to call each other up just to talk or to hang out during the week.  You´ll discover that your needs and problems are not unique ~ we´re all in the same boat. It helps to know that others are facing the same difficulties, or have lived through them and learned spiritual principles in the process.

3. You will be able to handle stress and pressure better…

Small groups provide excellent support in times of crisis, change, and stress. You´ll have a sense of stability and security knowing there are people who really care for you and are committed to standing with you.
When someone loses a job, or a family member has an extended illness, or a mother needs a babysitter – these are practical needs that will be naturally taken care of through your small group. Your group will coordinate the sharing of hot meals to be brought in when your family is in need. Many people in our church could testify that they would not have made it through a difficult time if it hadn´t been for the support of their group. In addition, we have a number of special support groups that deal with problems like alcoholism, financial difficulty, abuse, and other needs.

4. You will deepen your understanding of worship…

Many believers mistakenly believe that worship can only happen on Sunday morning in a large group with a sermon, a choir, and an offering plate! Worship happens anytime we focus on God. Sometimes that happens best in a smaller group in praying or singing together.

 Check out what the Bible has to say about Small Groups:

“They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Every day they continued to meet together… they broke bread in their homes and ate together… and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42, Acts 2:44, Acts 2:46-47

“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

“Greet also the church that meets at their house.” Rom. 16:5

“Aquilla and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord and so does the church that meets at their house.”
I Cor. 16:19

“Give my greetings…to Nympha and the church in her house.” Col. 4:15

Want to get connected with a Small Group…or just find out information about Small Groups?  Use the form below and we will be happy to talk with you!

 

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