Why I Love Groups
Michelle Arseneau wrote this about her experience in Life Groups:
I feel as though I do not have the proper words to convey...the importance and the need for life groups and participation in them.
For me it has been an incredible blessing for the past two years. When I attend church, my thoughts are not always focused on what and why I am there. I know I am not the only one that struggles with this. By going to 'life group' it focuses me, rejuvenates me, and helps me to gain control once again. It has also made me break down a wall of pride that I knew I had but didn't know how much control Satan had over me in this area of my life. By allowing my life group to be my family, my support, and my sounding board, I have been blessed with wonderful prayers and answers to them. God is so GOOD!
My prayer for you...give Life Groups a try and watch how the Spirit will move among you and feel the love of Jesus--it is amazing!
Beauford Goode wrote this about his Life Group experience:
A lot of folks who are thinking about becoming part of a life group believe that they can't or will never contribute anything to the group, but I tell you every group I have been in, EVERY PERSON contributed far more than they will ever know. To share life experiences with others is so valuable because we all will most likely experience these same things in time and we will have known someone who has weathered the storm. People make comments in life group about how they view certain passages and how they apply it in their lives. You will never truly know your brothers and sisters till you get up close and personal with them. Life groups have this potential and effect.
As I reflect on life groups and their value, I think of the song we sometimes sing, Burdens Are Lifted At Calvary:
Days are filled with sorrow and care,
Hearts are lonely and drear;
Burdens are lifted at Calvary,
Jesus is very near.
I do believe life group settings provide exactly what is needed to share our brother's burden, through His Word and through us!
John Pitts wrote these words about his Life Group experience:
My experience with life group is like those special relationships with certain family members that I remember from childhood. Our extended time family of siblings, parents, aunts and uncles, and a plethora of cousins were always spending time together. That is like church family - a large group who share our love for Christ, as children of God. But then within the extended family of years past there were always those special members with whom there was a deeper bond, a special closeness. Our sharing and study of God's work and the open hearts that share intimate feeling and experiences goes beyond the bond that we feel with our entire church family. There is also the thought of how diverse we are as individuals yet within the group we have that unity, openness and love that we read about in Acts. We are of one mind and heart though our relationship with Jesus Christ.
Mary Wright wrote these words about her Life Group experience:
I have found so many people that give unselfishly here. I have had health issues and so many people have been there for me. Tim and Suzanne stayed late at my house to help me. Tommy and Mary sent numerous text messages to check on me and see if there was anything they could do for me. Jan stopped by to bring food to my family and took me to doctor visits. Thomas Kessell helped out one of my children when I was not able. Diane and Dave called to see if there was anything I needed. Piper called my husband Stephen to check on my progress. This is what family does for one another. Unselfishly. All of these people were there for me and my family. This isn't just life groups, this is God's family. Being in a life group is an added bonus! Join one and you'll be glad you did. It's hard to hold back the tears when I think of and see the love for one another that we share in our church family. I thank God that I have so many brothers and sisters in Christ, because we are truly a family.