Small Groups is where Harvest Bible Chapel can be the church to one another and to our surrounding cities.
Small Groups are one of the primary vehicles through which Harvest Bible Chapel gathers to help each other walk with Christ. It is our purpose to see authentic, transformed lives Worship Christ, Walk with Christ, and Work for Christ as quality disciples.
If you're new to Harvest Bible Chapel or have been here since the beginning we want to see you connected in community. Community is a gift of God and essential for your growth as an individual and our growth as a church. Our small groups do life together based on four principles and three practices.
1. We need Jesus because we are broken (Romans 3:23, 6:23).
2. We get Jesus through the Word of God (John 5:37-40).
3. We practice the Word of God with one another (John 17:17).
4. We share the Word of God with the world (Matthew 28:18-20).
Care – We are people of God who live and care for each other as a family. (Rev 21:3)
Discipleship – We are disciples of Jesus who take responsibility for our own development and the development of others.
Mission – We are servants sent by God to proclaim and live out the Gospel Word before our communities.
WHAT IS A SMALL GROUP?
A Small Group is a community of people doing life together. It is NOT a meeting you attend. Their primary goal is to help one another walk with Jesus Christ.
At the heart of the Small Groups ministry is the desire to see a community of believers who worship Jesus, love one another (walk), and embody the mission (work) of Harvest to make disciples. God has called us to a continuous lifestyle of worship and relationship with Himself, which is cultivated and nurtured within the body of Christ. The Church is a people. It is a gift of God. At Harvest, small groups are the place where discipleship and care takes place. It is where we encourage one another to be worshipers of our Lord. It is where the body becomes the body, loving, caring and challenging one another. As well, it is within community that we engage culture and incarnate Jesus in the nooks and crannies of our towns and neighborhoods. We were created to worship Jesus in community in the Image of our Creator, who Himself exists in community. It is our desire to see every member of Harvest loved, cared for, and challenged within a thriving community. And it is our desire that our neighbors within our towns are blessed and touched by the love of Jesus through the lives of our members.
I AM NEW HERE...AM I READY FOR A SMALL GROUP?
A small group is a gathering of people from the church that get together weekly to share life and support one another. Life is hard. It was never meant to be lived in isolation. Community is a gift of God intended to help us see and experience the good news of Jesus in profound and tangible ways. If you are new to the church this the perfect place for you to belong, ask questions, and wrestle with your faith in a community of people who care for you, not because your life is together, but because you are created in the image of God. It is within community that we exist as true family in a time when the concept of a loving and caring family can seem foreign. It is a place where we encourage and challenge one another in our journey to know Jesus in deeper and more personal ways. In Small Groups, people talk through life issues, eat together, pray together, laugh together, struggle together, and serve others as we are transformed by the grace of God in our lives.
WHY ARE SMALL GROUPS SO IMPORTANT TO HARVEST?
Getting connected at Harvest means participating in both the Sunday gathering and a Small Group. Sundays are a time for celebrating in worship of Jesus together, hearing the preaching of the Word, and sharing in Communion. Small Groups are the place where the seeds of the preached Word take root and become real. It is the place where we build relationships with one another and living life together. As well, it is within the groups within the neighborhoods of our towns that we can participate in the work that God has called us to as a church. Our groups are an opportunity to love and bless the city in unique ways.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WHEN I GO?
Each Group is unique as the group reflects the diversity of the people that make up the group. However, you can expect a regular gathering that involves food, conversation, prayer, discussion for applying the Bible to practical living, and service in the neighborhood. Small Groups are an environment for building relationships with one another, which strongly emphasizes challenging one another to drive God’s Word deeply into our lives. Some Groups follow the Sunday sermon series; although some may choose to work through another book of the Bible. Small Groups are much more than a Bible study however, they are community, a place where we can laugh, cry, work and play together for glory of Jesus. This means you could expect BBQ’s, yard work for an elderly neighbor, bowling, working in children’s ministry, visiting people in the hospital, birthday parties, etc.
A small group primarily connects as a community in the following ways:
Fellowship Gatherings (in homes) - Scheduled gathering with the entire community (10-20 people) for Bible study, prayer, and encouragement (Hebrews 3:12-14, 10:24-25).
Fight Clubs (not all groups participate in these) - simple groups of two or three people of the same gender who meet regularly to help one another beat the flesh and believe in the promises of God (1 Timothy 6:12, Romans 8:13, Colossians 3:5).
Service - groups periodically identify needs and/or opportunities (sometimes in partnership with a local ministry) to help or bless their neighborhood or city (Matthew 5:13-16).
Normal everyday life (Acts 2:44-47).
Sermon Based Curriculum
At Harvest we have always honored Scripture as the means by which God has chosen to reveal Himself and His Truth to us. In keeping with that conviction, our small groups focus on building life changing relationships around the teachings of Scripture. Our expectation is that the small groups not merely discuss the content of the sermon, but go even further and discuss the actual sections of Scripture upon which the sermon was based. In this way, the collective insights from the personal study of each group member more fully enriches everyone's understanding of what God is saying through His Word. Each week curriculum is provided for Small Group Leaders to facilitate discussion.
Becoming a Part of the Community
Small Groups are for those who are interested in growing in their relationship with Jesus. The best way to get connected is to fill out the form linked below or email Todd Hostetter, Associate Pastor. If you have any further questions feel free to Contact Us at the church office.