And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. (Acts 2:46-47).
I attend Harvest Bible Chapel Hickory in North Carolina. The heartbeat of my Church is centered on being in a Lifegroup. It is the main source of discipleship and care, of each person that attends. Lifegroups are the best place, to connect and fellowship, with other believers.
It is so important to surround yourself, with other believers of Christ, who all have the same goal….which is to grow your relationship with Jesus. At Harvest, Lifegroups are designed for you to develop deeper relationships with others, who can encourage and challenge you, to consistently apply the truths of God’s Word, to each area of your life.
Purpose and Goal of Lifegroup
Each Lifegroup meets three to four times each month, and is led by a trained Lifegroup Leader. Group meetings are normally two hours, and include time for Bible discussion: walking back through the sermon, accountability, and prayer. They also include informal times, to build relationships with others in the group.
God wants every follower of Jesus, to be continually growing, as we worship Christ, walk with Christ, work for Christ, and witness for Christ. Each Harvest Lifegroup is committed to both Mutual Ministry and Multiplication.
Mutual Ministry means that each member of the group, is looking for ways to minister, to the other members of the group. All groups should also be prayerfully considering, a way to extend the ministry, of their Lifegroup, through Multiplication.
Multiplication means eventually forming two or more groups, so that others who are not yet in Lifegroups, can continue to find places, to connect with a Lifegroup.
We aren’t meant to do life alone. If you have this misconceived idea that you won’t “fit in” do NOT believe that lie. Lifegroups come in all shapes and sizes — married couples, singles, men, women, kids, no kids, under 20, over 40, no one is excluded. No matter where you are in life, find a group that is suitable for you.
My husband and I have been in 3 different Lifegroups, which is both a good thing and a sad thing. You grow so close to your fellow members, and its extremely difficult to multiply into another. But believe it or not, that’s a good thing. It means it’s growing, and other people who need a group, can slide right on in.
If you have read my post called God at Work, you already know the story, about my husband and I, hosting a Lifegroup at our home. Our last leader asked us, if we’d be willing to host a group, but at the time, we had a 900 ft home, that was too small, and not accessible to those, who had difficulty walking a steep incline.
To give you an idea, my husband’s golf partner, refused to park his vehicle in our driveway. He’d leave it parked a couple of miles away at a strip mall, and my husband would pick him up. I ain’t lying about that y’all. A grown man scared of our driveway. Lol.
Back to the story. My husband had been looking, to buy a new truck. As he was looking through a site, he heard that nudge from the Holy Spirit, speak to him plain as day…You don’t need a new truck…I need a house. He was looking around questioning, who’s talking to me. Lol. His face was priceless!
Needless to Say, everything fell into place, rather quickly in the process, of purchasing the home, we are currently in now. It’s not big and extravagant by any means, but it works perfectly, to host a Lifegroup. If you’d like to hear and see the video of the whole story, this is the link to do that.
This Photo shows how women gather together, and Pray for one another, during accountability time. It’s a beautiful thing to know, when you’re you’re struggling, you can ALWAYS count on your circle. We often send a group text, throughout the week, if a particular issue were facing, needs extra Prayer.
I will be the first to admit, that when the men and women break up, for the accountability time, it was hard for me at first. I mean telling someone, you don’t know well, about your personal struggles, can be an extremely difficult to do. Especially for one as timid, quiet, and shy as I am. Believe it or not am I. Not joking one bit on that one y’all.
I have given you much to consider. Ask where you attend Church, if they have something similar to this. If they don’t, I highly suggest, that you go to your Pastor, and ask him to consider starting one. I can NOT stress enough, how much closer, I have personally grown, in my walk with God.
The relationships that you build, with other members of the group, will be a loving, lasting, fulfilled one. It will be the best decision you’ll ever make, apart from excepting Jesus Christ, as your Lord and Savior.
Your Sister in Christ,
Hey Friends. Thank you for taking time out of your day, to spend a few moments in mine. As a follower of Jesus Christ, it’s important to me to share the gospel with you. I write about my ups and downs, my struggles and insecurities, but above all else, I share how God brings me through it all. Let’s continue our walk with Christ together.