It all can sound a little strange, small groups of Christians meeting in homes to do “Life Group”… so to take away the mystery of it, this is a little run down of what would typically happen at a Life Group and why.
WELCOME- Everybody arrives (usually about 8-10 people). This is an element of life group where we all just get to know one another, and although different groups go about this in different ways, it seems to ALWAYS involve yummy food and drinks! Often the official part of the night will kick off with someone saying a short prayer to focus the time on God, but as God cares about the people in the group, so do we. Whether its chatting about how the week went, laughing about stories from when you were young, or just getting to hang, its really nice to come into an environment where people genuinely care about one another and love another.
WORSHIP- Worship simply means to give expression of honour to something or someone for what it is worth. So in Christian worship, we give honour to God in many ways. Our main expression of this is by living each day in submission to Gods awesome plan for us, but practically on a night at Life Group, someone may play a song, someone may share about what they think about God and who He is, Read a bit of the bible, or Praying for one another… Worship in Life Group has that awesome element of not having restrictions of lots of people or “official business” so it can be raw and different. Do not be alarmed if you are not a Christian or dont understand somebody’s worship, there is no pressure involved in worship and we all do it differently, which is part of the wonder of worship in life Groups- seeing how many different ways we can give glory to God. This part of the night is often a blessing to me, my favourite is when someone who is really gifted in singing, just sings a song of worship and I get to think about God and listen to the beautiful sound.
WORD- Ever wondered what the bible says and what it has to do with you? This is the part of the Life Group where you get to all look at a bit of the bible together and see what it means, see how it impacts your day to day life with God, and ask the hard questions. In our life Groups at Living Temple, we leave our bible ‘teaching’ for Sunday. Life Groups is not about a Bible College student laying out some knowledge on everybody, but it is about about reading what the bible says, applying the bible to your life, nutting out the hard stuff and finding the answers together. After the word for the night, there may be a chance to pray for one another, depending on how the night is going.
WITNESS- We want to encourage the Christians at Living Temple not to get comfortable with their relationship with God without thinking of those who are not experiencing the same blessing. So in different ways each group has an element where they pray for their friends outside of the group, see how they can bless them (Just like Jesus), and love them. We encourage each of the groups to have a blessing list, which is a list of names of only 2 special friends each who the whole group pray for daily (how nice it is to think that people love their friends, and their friends friends enough to pray for them each day!). We have seen great answers to prayers for friends, and want to continue to remember those people God has put in our everyday lives to be a witness to the awesome love and Power of God. On the night a life group may be planning a hang out for the group and their friends, planning ways to help somebody out, someone may share about an amazing thing God has done in the week, or simply pray.
IT DOESNT END THERE… After an hour and a half, (for some groups 2 hrs), the group has ended for the week and everyone goes home, but life together continues each day. Your group (and life support partner) are right there behind you in prayer and support every step of the way.
Time spent in life groups is well spent, it is an investment in the spiritual health of your life and your future. Those who come empty, leave filled and encouraged. Perhaps consider today, will you be at life group this week?