To join a life group, contact Karin Morris, our life groups director.
Life Groups are an important part of being a member at First Baptist Church SLO. This is where we accept, encourage and strengthen the saints.
Being a part of a Life Group gives opportunity to be in a warm, caring environment to bring the members to a closer intimate walk with Jesus, create social connections with fellowbelievers, and to serve our community and church.
Why should I be in a Life Group, and what can I expect?
Life Groups help build authentic relationships. They take time to develop, but the effort has lasting fruit. Jesus chose twelve to invest in and train. The relationships developed by sharing and caring for one another gives us a place to love and be loved.
“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Rom 12:10
Spiritual growth comes from being a part of a community that studies God’s Word together.
“Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Heb 10:25
We find meaningful ministry by serving together. As we serve together, we are a blessing to others and in return are blessed ourselves. A task by ourselves can seem overwhelming but as we share the load, we can accomplish much.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Heb 10:24
What does a healthy Life Group look like?
A healthy group has three components that have been touched on above. Think of it as stool with three legs.
The first is fellowship. The group should allow for sharing needs and blessings, and prayer time. It is a time of encouragement and reflecting on what God is doing in their lives. Plus, anytime you spend extra time together such as camping trips, dinners, hikes it will greatly accelerate your appreciation, love and care for one another.
The second is study. Having a study that makes the member grow in their relationship with God is imperative. Whether it is based on the Sunday’s sermon or another resource, life application of what God can and is doing is fostered.
The third is service. Choosing a way to serve our church or community is an outpouring of God’s blessing to us by building up the body of Christ and creating unity.
“…to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God…” Eph 4:12–13
These Life Groups can have an emphasis on one leg, such as an affinity style group, book club, dance group, dirt biking, may be stronger in fellowship because they are there to enjoy a common hobby. A study style group, bible book study, or video curriculum, will be stronger in study. And a service style group, such as People’s Kitchen, worship, women’s ministry, will be stronger in service. But all three groups should incorporate all three legs.