While Sunday morning worship fulfills the believer’s call to corporate discipleship, there is also another personal side to discipleship. This component involves the need for a younger believers to discuss their unique needs with more mature believers. In a sense, this is more like “spiritual parenting,” as modeled by Paul and his companions in 1 Thessalonians 2:7-12 where it says:
"But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children. Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us… You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers; just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children, so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory."
In order to facilitate this process, we intentionally offer small group studies to develop these types of relationships in the context of studying God's Word.
Our two small groups normally meet alternate Thursdays from 6:45 PM to 8:00 PM. Group One has been studying the book entitled Biblical Beliefs - Christian Faith - A Study in Grace Brethren Doctrine. Group Two has been studying Biblical Beliefs - Christian Practice - A Study of Grace Brethren Doctrine that delves a bit deeper into doctrine and beliefs that began in Book One. Small groups are currently on a summer hiatus and we will be resuming our studies in the fall.