9/13/2013 8:20:13 PM
Shepherd Groups Begin
Small Group Meetings Designed to Increase Congregational Ministry of the Word to One Another through Building and Strengthening Relationships
Shepherd Groups begin on October 13th. They aim to achieve the New Testament exhortation to minister to one another because we are members of one another. Shepherd Groups will meet twice a month, on the second and fourth Sunday nights of the month. They are generally arranged by region. Each Shepherd Group will be lead by an elder and another man. Together they will share the responsibility of leading the lesson and discussion. Each meeting will begin with prayer, 30 minutes of Bible study with the rest of the meeting left open to spend time with one another. The meetings will be in the homes of those in the group. Each group will decide how childcare will work. The accent of the teaching will be applicational in nature. Prayer time will center on petitions for one another.
At least in the beginning, all Shepherd Groups will study the same passages. Each Shepherd Group will have the ability under the leadership of the elders to make changes and developments that promote the growth of the group members. Shepherd Group members consist of members and regular attenders of Berean Community Church. The importance of this ministry is hard to over emphasize. The work of the Spirit and the power the gospel is not something that is displayed merely from a pulpit but from the people who believe the gospel message and are brought into Christ’s church. Shepherd Groups are an expression of the work and Lordship of Christ Jesus that are not able to be expressed in our Sunday morning meetings. We hope this ministry proves profitable to you.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
Romans 12.1-5 ESV