We have a variety of small groups that meet in homes once or twice a month for fellowship and study. Call 303-986-5511 or e-mail the church (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find a group that fits your needs.
Purpose of Small Groups
We have long had small groups at Bear Creek Church. Some churches call them community groups. We encourage everyone to be a part of small group ministry, because we believe in its potential to make disciples. We are called to be disciples — to follow Christ. That was the common call Jesus made when he was on earth, “Follow me!”
Our small groups are ultimately charged with the task of helping all of us walk with Jesus in relationship and mission. As a way of introducing you to our practice and purpose for small groups here at BCC we offer the following ideas:
Small groups learn together.
When God first created a man he quickly concluded, “It is not good for man to be alone.” Life is not a solo act. You need friends. Jesus shared his journey on earth with a small group, and he talked a great deal about the nature of the relationships we should forge with one another. Within that small group, the disciples learned. Their learning was not just data; it was learning to grow in faith and service. In our small groups we study, but not just to accumulate knowledge. We study to learn to be Christ followers. II Timothy 2:15 says, Do your best [“study” the King James says] to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. We study to be good workman — to serve God better. This study comes best in the context of small-group accountability.
Small groups care for one another.
Paul tells us in Galatians 6:2, Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. There are numerous biblical teachings on our relationships to one another and how we are responsible for the well being of each other. This is the responsibility of our small groups first and foremost. We want small group participants to be able to do this well. It is God’s rule, not ours.
Small groups serve together.
This is the part of small groups that is most often neglected. The thing that created such a strong bond among the apostles was the fact that they shared a kingdom responsibility. It strengthened their unity and it made the ministry they performed even more powerful. When Jesus was about to leave them, his teaching recorded by John in chapters 15-17 of his gospel focused very much on their relationships not only with him but with one another. He told them that their love for one another was vital for their work together. His closing prayer for all his disciples starts “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:20-21) Our “togetherness” lends great power to our witness to the world, and we want our small groups to experience this power together. That is why we will be creating additional opportunities for small group members to experience this part of Christian growth.
Contact us if you would like to be a part of a small group at Bear Creek Church.