The Christian life is meant to be shared life. We have the conviction that Christian growth occurs in community, not in isolation. We are called to stir up one another to love and good deeds (Heb. 10:24), to bear one another’s burdens (Gal. 6:2) and to exercise our spiritual gifts for the building up of the church (1 Cor. 12-14).
Therefore, we provide Home Groups to help each individual build the relationship and friendships that are essential to growing in the Lord and living a gospel-centered life.
Within Lifegate Church, Home Groups provide the context for us to meet from “house to house” (Acts 20:20), without neglecting our Sunday gathering of corporate worship (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:2).
WHAT IS A HOME GROUP?
Home Groups provide an opportunity for Christians to develop intimate relationships. Biblical fellowship occurs as we observe and rejoice in God’s work in life we share together.
According to Wayne Grudem, “Sanctification is a progressive work of God and man that makes us more and more free from sin and like Christ in our actual lives”. Home Groups provide an ideal context for this to occur, as we help one another to apply gospel-centered instruction to specific areas of our lives.
Ministry of the Holy Spirit
God has given spiritual gifts to every Christian (1 Cor. 12:1-7). Home Groups allow for a smaller, personal context where each one can serve according to the gifting of the Holy Spirit.
The Home Group structure is meant to assume that every individual in the church receives practical care: from baby showers to providing meals to help with household repairs. Home Groups allow for every member of the church to give and receive God-honoring service.
HOW TO FIND A HOME GROUP
The first step in finding a Home Group is locating a group in your area. We encourage you to contact any of the Home Group leaders to find out more about a group: its make-up, specific address and meeting time.