The Christian life cannot just be lived out on Sunday.
“Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your souls. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.” 1 Peter 2:11-12
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25
Each of these texts describes a relationship and a context. There are two relationships, with Christians and with non-Christians. There are also two contexts: we are to live good lives both among Christians and among non-Christians. We believe community groups facilitate both of these relationships and contexts.
We meet three times a month in homes, typically eating a meal together, much like a family. These times provide a place beyond the regular Sunday gathering where we can be transparent and grow in relationship with one another, while at the same developing a strategy to be a witness to our local communities. We believe community groups are the most effective vehicle for both mission and discipleship.
We live in an individualistic culture that affects us to such a degree that we can feel “at home” with event-driven Christianity without any real connection with others. It is easy for us to “go to church” on Sunday, relax in a pew and receive what is placed before us, then leave and live a separate existence the rest of the week. But some things can easily be missed if we only attend the Sunday service. We can begin to have a distorted view of what church is. Church is not an event, or a building, but a new community of saved sinners, called out to celebrate and display the excellencies of Jesus, who called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).