After much prayer and discussion, we have decided to, in the first week of October, start Community Groups at Reverence Bible Church. Leading up to this decision we wrestled with many questions including: “Are small groups biblical? Or will small groups create unwanted cliques within the body?” Our conclusion was that the way in which we as elders shepherd the flock here Reverence (knowing them, living with them, feeding them, protecting them, and growing them – both spiritually and numerically) is being done adequately, however, we believe each of these can be enhanced by implementing a small group plan that both intentionally builds community in our church and glorifies Christ.
In accordance with the vision of Reverence Bible Church to have each of our congregants be edified and equipped, as well as be found treasuring Jesus above all else, we view small groups as an effective instrument to carry that vision to the flock and assist us all “to live in such harmony with one another…that together [we] may, with one voice, glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rom 15:5-6)
The purpose of Community Groups is not to be a support or counseling group, nor are they to be a seminary level bible study group. The mission of each Community Group will be to become a Christ-centered fellowship designed to intentionally stimulate discipleship within our gospel community in smaller settings through the study of Scripture. These smaller group settings would not only allow our Elders to shepherd more effectively (that is, to know, live with, feed, protect, and grow the flock), but would also allow the rest of the Saints at Reverence to use their individual giftings to encourage, exhort, and build up the body from within. (cf Phil 2:1-4 / Acts 2:42-46)
**If you have any questions or wish to sign up to be a part of a Community Group, please come to the table in the courtyard to find any assistance you need or contact our community group leaders here: