Small Group Ministry
The Greek word EKKLESIA, also spelled Ecclesia, is defined as a congregation of people gathered together for a specific purpose. In the New Testament, which was originally mainly written in Greek, this word has been translated into our English word CHURCH. Based on the general understanding of the word “ekklesia”, we could then say that the “church” is a congregation of people gathered together for a specific purpose. Scripture more specifically defines its usage of the word “church” as “the body of Christ” (Ephesians 1:22, 5:23, 29-30; Colossians 1:18, 24).
So, what then is the specific purpose, or purposes, for the gathering together of the body of Christ?
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17
Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established. Proverbs 15:22
“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.” Ephesians 5:15-21
“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:19-20
SMALL GROUP MINISTRY is one of the avenues through which the body of Christ gathers together. Our goal is to experience and share the above-mentioned benefits by spiritually growing and maturing together via study of God’s Word; both the Old and New Testaments for the reasons God has provided to us in the references below:
Old Testament: Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the ages have come. 1 Corinthians 10:11
New Testament: All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Prayerfully consider joining us in September as we begin a new unified study together? Come and see…
MISchillers@comcast.net Julie Schiller 517-750-7494
SGM is a ministry in which we encourage and guide one another in our walk towards becoming more like Christ for the purpose of drawing others into a saving relationship with Christ. We have a great library available with wonderful resources to aid in your discipleship journey.
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