Last weekend, we kicked off our Group winter semester! Groups have a simple purpose: to bring people together. We believe God created us to live in relationship with others, and only then can we live the full life he intends for us. Sharing life through community is part of our design, but meaningful relationships aren’t always easy to find. That’s why Groups exist—to make these life-changing relationships relevant and accessible to you.
When I first joined a Group several years ago, I was the quiet observer. I wasn’t really sure what Groups were about, so my method was to watch, listen, and learn. My Group leader was so kind and welcoming. She allowed me to get comfortable but also subtly pushed me to be braver. Not long after that, I began leading my own Group. I’ve seen over the years how Groups can shift and how the culture can change. But one thing has remained the same—we support each other and are all eager to learn more about Jesus.
Right now, my Group’s main focus is simply studying a small chunk of Scripture to learn something new about who Jesus is. But many Groups follow a study or do an activity together. It seems there is a Group for just about every hobby—and if there isn’t one that aligns with your interests, you can create your own! Regardless of what the Group’s main focus is, there will always be shared scripture and a time where you pray together.
The friendships I’ve formed from Groups are like no others. They are founded in a mutual love for Jesus. And what better way to start a friendship than with him? Knowing the people in the Group have a heart for Jesus has allowed my Group members (and myself) to feel free to share and be honest. When we have authentic relationships where we can share our faults and struggles with others, we will experience freedom.
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
It’s not too late to join a Group! Check out the directory today at Cedarcreek.tv/groups.
If you are in a Group, has it helped you take a step in your faith journey? How so?
If you’re not in a Group, what is stopping you? If you’ve had a bad experience in a Group, do you think trying another might be worthwhile?
Even if you aren’t sure about joining a Group, I would encourage you to look through the directory just to see what types of Groups there are. You might be surprised to find something you want to try, or you might find the inspiration for a Group of your own!
Dear God, I thank you for my Group and for the many others out there who are growing relationships with you by being in fellowship with other Christ followers. There is so much value in the accountability, the wisdom offered, and the sharing of burdens that Groups provide. I pray that if someone reading this is on the fence, or is a little nervous about trying a Group, that you give them the courage to move forward. Help guide them to a Group that fits their needs. Help the Group leaders to be encouraging and always pointing to you when they lead. Amen.
This post was written by Ashlee Cloud, a regular contributor and editor or the LivingitOut.
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