What are small groups?
A small group is a gathering of believers that invest time and energy into learning more about the God we serve and the truths found in His Word. Small groups meet regularly to stay connected to each other, to fervently seek ways to minister to each other, and to live out the gospel.
The goal of CVBC small groups is to live a shared life and ministry, to seek God in all that we do together and apart, and to depend on Him for all our needs. Our small groups seek His truth and together learn to apply that truth to our lives. The six points below describe in detail the objectives that members of small groups strive toward.
Week-in and week-out, we will work to know each other more and more deeply — sharing our hearts and lives, praying for one another, asking questions, and bearing each other’s burdens. We will be persistent learners of one another. And with everything we learn — good, bad, or otherwise — we will strive to love and serve one another — meeting each other’s needs, encouraging growth, and helping one another thrive.
Prayer will be the regular, visible engine of our small group. We need God every hour, every minute of every hour, so prayer will be our means to everything. We will look to God for everything we need, never taking His provision for granted. When we’re alone and when we’re together, we will be a people of prayer — always adoring, always confessing, always thanking, always asking.
The Bible will play a central role in our small group because it holds the Words of Life. There are always more riches to be seen, enjoyed, and applied in our lives from within its pages. We read faithfully — meaning regularly and with the eyes of faith — and we read expectantly — anticipating that God will speak and move each time we open His Book.
Our commission from Jesus is clear: Go, and make disciples. God saved us in order to send us. We are lights in a world of darkness that is desperately in need. We are God’s chosen means of spreading good news and winning worship for Himself in every corner of this earth. Therefore, we are to be bold where we are, and we are to be behind what God is doing among the nations. We will witness for Jesus where we are, and send and support witnesses where we are not.
Everything we think, say, and do as a small group stands on the firm foundation of the gospel. We have been saved by grace through faith, wholly apart from anything we have done or earned. We do not deserve God’s love, but in Christ we have it. We want our relationships, our meetings, and our ministry together to be shaped by and soaked with the gospel. This message should produce the boldest confidence and courage, and it should produce the most tender and compassionate humility.
Lastly, we are committed to living more and more like Christ. It is the joyful privilege of God’s people to be conformed to the image of His Son. It is not pretty or easy, but it is undeniably good and important. Year-by-year, week-by-week, even day-by-day, we will be identifying areas of weakness or failure, receiving forgiveness because of the finished work of Christ, and then working together for change.