The early church did not merely gather to hear the gospel proclaimed but also in homes through the week to apply the Word of God, confess their sins to one another, care for one another, and eat together (Acts 2:42-47, 5:42, 20:20; Colossians 4:15; Philemon 1:2). Therefore meeting in smaller groups outside of the gathering allows the Spirit of God to more exactly transform our hearts through redemptive accountability and mutual love. In groups we learn to obey all Jesus has commanded.
Jesus commands his church to make disciples. The Church is built to fulfill the great commission and welcome the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:10, 28:19). Jesus told his disciples that hell would not prevail against his Church (Matthew 16:18). Therefore Jesus’ plans and purposes for his Church are as sure as the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:14). And so in confidence go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them and teaching them to obey all that Jesus has commanded (Matthew 28:20). Jesus summarizes the purpose of his Church very simply—make disciples. To be sure this simple statement fails to fully explain all the biblical expressions of the Church, but our task is no less than that—we make disciples.
We are committed to discipleship on the northwest side of Chicago. And so we will be regularly holding “Group Connect” after our 11 AM Sunday Gathering. This will be a time and place for you to get connected to a small group.
Our next “Group Connect” is happening on January 13th.