On the night before His crucifixion, Jesus left a clear expectation for His disciples.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
John 13:35 CSB
Earlier in His ministry, Jesus told a religious expert that the key to life, the fulfillment of every command in Scripture, was to love God and love our neighbors (Matt. 22:36-40).
The Christian life is a communal life. We need each other. Being a disciple is more than possessing and passing along faith and knowledge; it’s living out a Christ-like love for God and for one another. We are brothers and sisters in Christ.
With around 2,000 people worshipping together here at Brainerd each weekend, it’s easy to attend church without ever experiencing the life Jesus wants for us as the church. What a blessing it is to gather and to worship our God through songs and sermons, but what about loving each other?
Life Groups are where a large church becomes a close family.
Here are three reasons we believe that every person in our faith family needs a Life Group:
- GROWTH—We grow through interaction with one another. We need other people. Other people need us. We learn from one another’s insights and experiences. Biblical community fosters healthy spiritual growth. While we are deeply committed to reproducing disciples through short-term relationships (discipleship groups meet for 12-18 months), Life Groups are long-term relationships for mutual encouragement and growth.
Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens another.
Proverbs 27:17 (CSB)
- CARE—We experience a unique joy in the personal care found in biblical community. Story after story can be told from Life Group members of the ways they have been blessed by the people in their groups when life is hard. These are the friends who show up at the hospital, who call after you get good news or bad, and who bring a meal so you can rest. These are also the friends you’ll want to shoot fireworks with on holidays, watch the game with on weekends, or grab a bite to eat with after worship. Life is better together.
Love one another deeply as brothers and sisters. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lack diligence in zeal; be fervent in the Spirit; serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep.
Romans 12:10-15 (CSB)
- OBEDIENCE—We are being obedient to God’s Word when we gather for the sake of accountability in relationships. Spiritual growth and joy come through accountability in personal relationships. We are not merely commanded to gather for study, singing, or sermons, but for mutual encouragement and accountability. This calls for an environment of close, personal relationships. We’re commanded to gather on a regular basis to help one another live out our Christian faith in day-to-day life. This is precisely the purpose of Life Groups.
And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works, not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (CSB)
Loving God and loving one another takes intentionality. We want to help. We want to be sure each person at Brainerd experiences the growth, joy, and obedience of life in community as disciples of Jesus.
Life Groups meet on and off campus throughout the week. Let us help you get connected!