What are Community Groups?
CG’s are gatherings of 8-14 people meeting in the homes of individuals or families on a weekly basis. The primary emphasis will be on fellowship, but we’ll do so around God’s Word, Prayer, & (of course) food. But our groups mix it up, usually at least once a month -- movie nights, volleyball on the beach, Ladies’ luncheons, Boys' Nights.
Why Community Groups?
We believe that the holy pursuits of growth and reaching out to others with Jesus' good news are best carried out in visible communities, which at Sunrise are called Community Groups.
They are the main avenue at Sunrise for:
1. Fellowship. God calls us to koinonia (or fellowship, participate, share). He says that it's a habit that's easy to give up on but necessary so that we don't grow hardened by life & sin (Hebrews 10:24-25; 3:13).
2. Service - When a person trusts his or her life to Jesus, the Holy Spirit gives person divine gifts, called spiritual gifts. They aren't gifts to use simply for your own enjoyment (although they are a thrill to use...since they are of divine origin) but these gifts are to be used to serve others in your local church (1 Cor. 12: 24-26, Gal. 6:2, 1 Tim. 4:14).
3. Outreach - Community Groups are a place to Discover Christianity. More recent generations have shown this tendency: Belong then Believe.
Among the Baby Boomers and those born in the middle of the 20th century who grew up in cultural modernity, people first had to be convinced before they became part of any community, organization, or association. Now, however, people want to belong to something and then, in that context, work out exactly what they believe. Community Groups provide such an opportunity and do so in an environment & format that are more conducive to discovery than Sunday Morning Worship.
What else should I know about Community Groups?
They are led by trained lay-leaders from the congregation who are given on-going support and oversight by the pastors & elders. The leadership of Sunrise strongly encourages any regular attender or member of SCC to join a Community Group -- we believe it to be the backbone of our church.
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