Why Small Groups?
As a kid (I’m dating myself here), I can remember watching Mutual of Omaha’s Wild
Kingdom. It always fascinated me to watch the different animals; in particular, I loved watching the big cats like lions and tigers. I began to notice that the main method they used for hunting prey was to find the weak or the young of the herd and separate that prey off from the rest of the herd. 1 Peter 5:8 states, “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (NIV) If we aren’t careful, we can find ourselves showing up on Sunday morning and be part of a herd but unless we can find some connection with other individuals, we can be cut off and devoured. Living a life in isolation can have damaging results without the health and protection that fellowship provides. Having a safe place to live and grow is invaluable.
But probably the most important reason for small groups is that it is biblical; Christ himself modeled a small group ministry. Jesus had an intimate relationship with his disciples as they followed him everywhere and observed all that he did. In addition to observing him, the disciples were expected to learn from what they saw. Jesus would go deeper in his teachings with them, he would challenge them with questions, and he would call them out when they should know better. Jesus would go from town to town and grew his ministry through small groups by going to a house in the town and establishing a base of operations. He would then turn this household loose to win the rest of the town. Jesus showed an effective way of reaching and teaching individuals is by doing life with them. The Apostles in the book of Acts followed an identical pattern when they started the church. Similarly, we as Christ-followers can nurture other disciples by living life with them.
So we see the advantages that small groups can give the believer but they are also of benefit to those who may be new to the whole “church thing.” We at PHUB like to use groups as an informal way of welcoming new folks who may not be ready for a formal church atmosphere. Groups can also mobilize quickly to serve in their communities and be missional to their surrounding neighborhoods. In short, small groups allow believers to function like the early church.
Which Small Groups?
So I’ve convinced you to at least give small groups a try. Great! But the next question is which one? Where? Who? When? Below is a list of the groups we currently have meeting at PHUB. There is a large range of ages, places, and topics that are covered. We are constantly in a state of expanding the number of groups we have, so if you are interested in starting your own group so that it meets at your convenience, etc. let’s have a chat.
G. P. S. (Col. 1:10)
What: G.P.S. stands for Grow Pray Serve. We have an emphasis striving to grow to be more
like our Savior, praying for one another and serving one another and our
When: Varies; but usually on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. We meet at 4:30pm to eat (and boy
do we eat!) followed by a Bible study at 6. We caravan a group of youth to Pursuit
153 Youth service.
Who: We are hosted by Tim and Alison Blair who graciously open their home. Alison does a
tremendous job of opening her kitchen. Mark Burkett leads the Bible
study/discussion. We use video discussion as well as Bible reading. We are currently
a group of 30-40 something couples but we are open to any and all. There is also a
basement full of kids to play with.
Childcare: not supervised. Kids are late elementary aged as of now. Should the need arise
we can provide.
Where: 15325 Lowry Dr, Greencastle, PA 17225 Phone: Tim Blair 717-597-8113