Why Should I Join a Care Group?
If the ultimate aim of my life is to bring glory to God, then I simply can’t do that alone. I need other people. It’s how God designed it. The Christian life was meant to be lived out in community and the Bible makes this point emphatically. We need one another far more than we realize.
Convinced of this, Christ Covenant Church highly values the Care Group ministry. In fact, we see our Care Groups as the primary instrument for establishing and encouraging one another in the faith. Obviously, we don’t find specific guidelines for doing Care Groups in the Bible per se, but we think the basis for having them is strongly Biblical.
For Your Growth
Note Hebrews 10:24-25: “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” God calls us to meet together in order to spiritually care for each other. As members of the body, we have a holy obligation to one another, to seek the spiritual good of one another, that we might all grow up in the faith. Don’t let that simple truth pass you by. God intends for you to grow! Maturity in Christ is our goal, “until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood” (Eph. 4:13).
In J.M. Barrie’s celebrated novel, we hear Peter Pan’s remarkable line, “I don’t want ever to be a man… I want always to be a little boy and to have fun.” Perhaps that works in a children’s fairy tale, but such a view would be disastrous in real life. It’s a deceitful scheme. Growing up spiritually is God’s good will for us, “so that we may no longer be children” (Eph. 4:14). Children are easily knocked down. The waves and winds of false, tricky teaching will knock the spiritually immature off their feet. But Jesus wants you to stand. And to stand and grow and be established in the faith, we need the help of one another.
Bottom line, bringing a dozen Christians together regularly for prayer, Bible study, and mutual spiritual encouragement is a powerful and strategic force for our discipleship. A Christian’s heart should beat for these things.
For Your Protection
Again, the author of Hebrews urges us: “Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin” (3:12-13). We need one another in this fight of faith. The stakes are just too high in the pursuit of holiness to go it alone. We all have blind spots, sinful habits and inclinations that we become accustomed to. We need the tender care of another brother or sister to point these things out to us, to call us to repentance, and help us get back on track.
David Powlison writes, “I have seen wrecked lives changed simply because a friend cared and was willing to speak honestly like this: ‘I love and respect you as a person, and I want what is good for you. But you are destroying yourself with what you believe and how you are living.’” Has someone ever cared enough about you to speak into your life like that? Are you close enough to people for such a conversation to even take place? Care Groups help us get there.
In addition, our context in the US makes an intentional small group ministry all the more necessary. Americans are far too busy, too independent, and too focused on individual concerns for close Christian community to happen all on its own. Our Care Groups help stem this cultural tendency.
How to Join
Most Care Groups at Christ Covenant meet on the second and fourth Sundays monthly right after church in members’ homes. But a few meet at other times. Given the close fellowship we’re seeking in the life of a Care Group, we limit participation to members of the church or those who are well in the process to becoming a member.
If you are interested in joining a group or have any questions, please contact Daniel Harman who serves as Discipleship Pastor.