Five Purposes and Practices of Small Groups: 4. MISSIONS

In the last few posts I discussed the five purposes of small groups at High Point church. Our vision for small groups is for them to be Christ centered, transformational communities. The five purposes and practices of small groups are designed to build these communities.

To review, the 5 purposes are:
1. Community
2. Spiritual growth
3. Prayer
4. Supporting mission
5. Service

In this post I want to discuss purpose #4:  Supporting Mission.

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Five Purposes & Practices of Small Groups: 3. PRAYER

In the last few posts I discussed the five purposes of small groups at High Point church. Our vision for small groups is for them to be Christ centered, transformational communities. The five purposes and practices of small groups are designed to build these communities.

To review, the 5 purposes are:
1. Community
2. Spiritual growth
3. Prayer
4. Supporting mission
5. Service

In part one I broke down in some detail the practice of community. The second purpose and practice of small group community is spiritual growth. In part two we talked about the importance of the gospel and the Bible in spiritual growth. Much more could be said about that.

In this post I want to talk about Purpose 3: Prayer

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Five Purposes & Practices of Small Groups: 2. GROWTH

In the last post I discussed the five purposes of small groups at High Point church. Our vision for small groups is for them to be Christ centered, transformational communities. The five purposes and practices of small groups are designed to build these communities.

To review, the 5 purposes are:
1. Community
2. Spiritual growth
3. Prayer
4. Supporting mission
5. Service

In part 1 I broke down in some detail the practice of community. The second purpose and practice of small group community is spiritual growth.

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Feels Like Home – Lori Reil’s Story

During the Sunday service, we got to hear Lori’s story.

The way that God grabbed hold of Lori in the past six months is so encouraging. It’s such a testimony to how the Lord continues to pursue us, even when we push Him away and try to do things on our own. What made me smile even more was to hear how Lori has found a home and family at High Point Church. Praise God for how He’s working in this congregation.

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Five Purposes & Practices of Small Groups: 1. COMMUNITY

The next five posts will be about the five purposes and tasks in small groups. There are many things that cannot be done on Sunday morning. Some cannot be done because of time constraints. Some cannot be done because of the large group context. But when large group and small group gatherings work in concert with one another, great things can happen to the local church. It’s amazing what can happen to the local church when the local church is working right.

So to give you a summary, the five purposes are as follows:

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Resources to Understand the Nature of Scripture

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As we prepare to help people grow in their understanding of Scripture, at some point those we teach have questions not only about the content of the Bible but also how the Bible came to be.  Thankfully there are plenty of resources on this subject, and Desiring God has compiled a list of books they recommend in these three categories:

  1. The formation of the canon (how it was decided which books are included in the Bible)
  2. The reliability of the New Testament
  3. Refuting the claims of some recent critics

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