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Small Groups


Community is important.  It’s vital to the existence and flourishing of human beings.  It’s been said that we can only truly understand ourselves in the context of community with one another.

God IS community.  The Westminster Shorter Catechism teaches us that, “there are three persons in the Godhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.”  God has always existed and will always exist in a relationship of community.

God created us to be IN community with each other.  Before sin ever entered the world, God created mankind to be in community (Gen 2:18).  One of the major ways that we experience God’s love is through the community of his people.  The Israelites were in community through the Exodus when they grumbled together and praised together.  In the book of Acts, we learn that the believers were in community as they believed and “had all things in common” (Acts 2:44).  A community shares burdens and possessions.  A community cares for and comforts its members.

God reveals himself THROUGH community.  Francis Schaeffer wrote that “our relationship with each other is the criterion the world uses to judge whether our message is truthful—Christian community is the final apologetic.”  We want the world around us to know that the love of God is authentic.  We want others to see God’s love in us and through us.

Small groups are a way for us to experience and reveal the communal love of God to one another.  Carolyn Taketa writes, “Small groups are a way of living out our purpose, both as individuals and as a collective group of believers—to be the church.  We share a common foundation of faith and God has called us to live out the implications of that faith in a relational community, in the context that we call a small group.”  Do you need community?  Do you need to share community? Would you consider joining a small group this year?

On January 7, 14, and 21 we’ll have our “Next Wave” of signups for the new season of small groups at Southwood.  You can sign up during a worship service or online at http://www.southwood.org/smallgroups  Got .questions?  Call us at 256-882-3085 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.