Small Groups At Beavercreek Christian Church
A Small Group is a group of 4-8 people who engage in intentional Spiritual Formation. We define Spiritual Formation as partnering with the Holy Spirit to become like Jesus. The Small Group Leader’s role is to help people discover God’s will and obey it. The members of a Small Group will generally be in the same Go Community, but not always.
Guardrails for Small Groups:
Every small group has
- An Accountable Leader to BCC Leadership
- An Agreed Upon Meeting Rhythm
- 4-8 Members
- Appropriate Gender Relationships (Gender specific, mixed singles, married couples)
Small Group Meeting Guide
The following is a template that can be used for small group meetings. It is based on obedience-based discipleship, which means the goal is not to learn more about scripture, but to learn how to hear and OBEY Jesus.
Hear the Word: (Completed Before Meeting)
Reading scripture is the life habit that is most predictive of spiritual growth. The group should read an assigned passage of scripture 3–5 times before coming together. It is important that people complete the reading assignment each week. People will be held accountable for reading.
Log In: (20-30 Minutes)
Start the time together by going over the Accountability Questions with one another. Sharing struggles and victories in mutual accountability builds community.
- Have you read this week’s assigned Scripture?
- Name at least one person you shared what God is teaching you from our last meeting?
- Tell about your wins and failures with last time’s “I will…” statement?
- Share a God story that you experienced since our last meeting?
- What temptations are your current struggles?
- Have you maintained your purity this week?
- What praise can you share from a specific answer to your prayers?
- How have you been a blessing to other believers? Non-believers?
The Learning Circle: (40-45 minutes)
The natural learning process is modeled in scripture and used in our small groups to facilitate the discovery of God’s will and the development of a plan to obey it. We have formatted the learning process using Jesus statement in Mark 1:15, “The time has come, the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the good news.”
Repent – Change the Way You Think
• Observe – Begin by having everyone share what stands out to him or her or what God is impressing on them from the passage.
• Reflect – Identify what theme emerges from the observations or a significant idea.
• Discuss – Use the questions below to explore what God is saying through the passage of scripture. Bring in other scriptures, but resist the temptation to “debate” God’s word. The focus is on “doing” it.
1. What was the author’s point to the original readers?
2. What enduring principle is in the passage for us?
3. What other scriptures address this point?
4. Based on scripture, how should we then think about this topic?
Believe – Change the Way You Act
Plan – Determine what needs to change.
- Is it a character issue in you?
- Is it a culture issue that calls for mercy and/or justice?
Account – Share what you are going to do.
- Each person should develop an “I will…” statement.
- Some “I will…” statements will need developmental steps.
Act – Each person carries out the “I will…” statement before next meeting.
Pray: (15-20 minutes)
Praise God and thank Him for the blessings in your life. Pray for each other as they work to carryout the “I will…” statements. Pray for one another’s spiritual battles and physical needs. Pray for opportunities to be good news. Pray for your people of peace.
Each person is to tell someone else this week what God is teaching him or her.