A new community was formed on the Day of Pentecost – a community of Christ-followers who were mutually accountable as they reflected the loving character of God. Our Bible study groups also can become biblical communities where ministry takes place, members provide fellowship and support, and God’s truth is taught and implemented.
"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 2:46-47 NIV.
This vibrant, life-changing community of neighbors is the outcome of focusing on three goals:
- Creating a comfortable, safe environment where members can grow spiritually in Christ-likeness as they study the Bible together
- Building a loving and supportive community that encourages the development of trusting and caring relationships with one another
- Encouraging members to multiply this life-changing experience by reaching out and sharing the grace they have received with other neighbors
When your members meet for the first time, they may not know each other well or at all. As they build relationships and friendships over time, the group becomes a caring community where members share and process what they are learning. They also help each other understand how to apply God’s Word to their lives.
"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching" Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV.
This connection takes time. Some groups take longer than others, but as you pray and implement a few ideas provided for leaders, you will help create biblical community.