WHAT DID THEY HAVE THAT WE DON’T?
The early church as represented in the New Testament Book of Acts was extremely successful – thousands saved, miracles, faith, and courage demonstrated on every page.
Part of the reason for their spiritual growth was that they were not hindered by many of the issues and extras that may subtly cause believers to lose focus on the simple teachings of Jesus.
Throughout the New Testament we see that believers met in homes – where average people could feel free to be themselves without all the religious trappings of ‘church services’.
Scripture tells us that the first Christians broke bread together, prayed together, studied Scripture, and had Fellowship (Acts 2:46).
In an effort to regain that blessed simplicity, Calvary Chapel is offering You an invitation to attend and participate in a Small Fellowship Group in the Princeton/Bluefield West Virginia area.
We have decided to host at the church for various practical reasons, but strive to uphold the spirit of home group while meeting at the church building.
BENEFITS OF A SMALL "HOME" GROUP
(from Gayle Erwin’s Website – Gayle Erwin is Author of ‘The Jesus Style’)
- They are small enough for people to know each other.
- Everyone can participate rather than be spectators.
- The home is more comfortable and informal. Neighbors are more likely to come.
- No investment is needed to function.
- The Early Church seems to have used this pattern.
- They bring Christian activity to where it belongs.
- They are an effective method of “salting” a city neighborhood by neighborhood.
- They equip people for ministry.
- Everyone can pray and be prayed for–minister and be ministered to.
- They bring accountability to our lives.
- They are a powerful source for personal growth.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
- An informal gathering where you may be yourself-wear what you like.
- Only comment or participate as you feel comfortable.
- There will probably be some light snacks or refreshments.
- There may be few worship songs sung with guitar accompaniment.
- A time of Bible study that focuses on real life.
- An opportunity to ask questions.
- An opportunity to personally request prayer.
- Laughter and fostering relationships
We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other. 2 Thessalonians 1:3
Therefore comfort each other and edify one another… 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Email us to find out when the next Small Groups meets, we’d love to have you join us!