What is a LIFE Group?
A LIFE Group is a group of about 8-12 people who meet together on a regular basis for the purpose of growth (personal-transformation) in a safe and confidential environment.
Life Groups can be short-term groups that meet at Bethel, or long-terms groups that meet regularly at people’s homes. Some groups study a book of the Bible, or use Sunday sermons to springboard a discussion. Other groups read and discuss specific study guides together, like Tim Keller’s Reason for God, the Love and Respect marriage course, or Beth Moore’s David. Building relationships is a central part of the small group, so there is often a time to share experiences from your life and to pray for each other.
Whether short or long-terms, our Life Groups are committed to 4 values:
community • word-centered • prayer • accountability
We believe these values will enable us to build deeper communities and stronger disciples. LIFE groups at Bethel exist to encourage all members of our community towards our vision, which is encapsulated by our 3 G’s:
growing in intimacy with God • growing in intimacy with others • growing in acts of service
Why Do LIFE Groups Exist?
God created us to live in relationship with one another and to be part of something bigger than ourselves. We want our community to be a place where Jesus Christ is experienced so that our lives, the lives of others, and the city, are changed. We believe hospitality and accountability are necessary parts of community life together and service is a part of our call to be a light in our city, nation and world.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
How Can I Get Involved?
To connect with a Long-Term a LIFE Group, email Amanda Van Halteren (Associate Pastor). We have groups running every night of the week for a variety of demographics. Some groups are curriculum based and others are full, so we don’t have a published list to choose from. Connect with us and we will try to find a group for you!
There are two Short-Term Life Groups starting Wed, Apr 11, 2018! Please email the church office or the specific leaders for further info and/or to sign up.
Parenting Beyond Your Capacity | Lead by Jamie Stinson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesdays, April 11-May 30 (8 weeks), 7-9pm in UpStreet
We invite parents of all ages and stages to this new Life Group where you will learn how to engage your family in a bigger story, a story that will expand your perspectives and reveal a significant role in this world. You will learn five principles to help you navigate through a variety of seasons, and if you begin to instill these principles into your parenting, your relationship with your children, and with the significant people in their lives, will move in a better direction to parent beyond your own capacity.
The Bible Fast Forward | Lead by Carmen O’Donnell, email@example.com
Wednesdays, April 11-May 30 (8 weeks), 7-9pm in the Upper Room
Join us as we look at a practical historical overview of the Old Testament, emphasizing the unfolding plan of salvation as God reveals it through His covenants with the nation of Israel, and the fulfillment of those covenants in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. You’ll gain an understanding of how the central topical elements of the Christian story of reality play out historically from the Fall to the cross. A mix of discussion and video – this is a great group for anyone – those who are seeking and have questions about faith and those who have walked in faith for a while!