Connect groups play an important role in our Christian Community. We want to make sure that each person in our family has the love and support of a small group of people who watch out for them. Connect groups are not an additional item to be added to our calenders but a natural part of living in a real Christian Community.
If you would like more information about CONNECT GROUPS or would like to join one please click on this link; CONNECT INFO
REASONS TO JOIN A CONNECT GROUP
You will understand the Bible better in a connect group.
If you have ever listened to a Bible teacher or preacher and wanted to stop that person and say, "But what about...?" or "I don´t understand," then a small group is for you! Preaching and teaching is one way communication. You listen while the speaker speaks. It’s fine for imparting knowledge but not as effective for personal application as a small group. In a small group setting, you can ask questions, participate in a discussion of the text, and hear others share insights and illustrations of the truth you are trying to grasp. This is a fantastic way to walk the road of discovery. The Bible must be applied to your own personal situations and that happens wonderfully in small groups..
You will begin to really feel like part of Lakeshore’s family.
Most people who have been a part of a small group say the greatest benefit is the close relationships and friendships that develop. They will frequently telephone each other during the week to share an urgent prayer request or an exciting answer. You’ll discover that your needs and problems are not unique ~ we are all in the same boat. It helps to know that others are facing the same difficulties, or have lived through them and learned spiritual principles in the process.
Over fifty times in the New Testament the phrase "one another" is used to describe our relationship to other believers. We are instructed to love one another, encourage one another, pray for one another, accept one another, bear one another’s burdens, and build up one another. We really do need each other. God never meant for you to go it alone in the Christian life.
Prayer will become more meaningful and powerful to you.
Many people are hesitant to pray in front of others, especially in a large church. In a small group of 6 to 12, you will learn to participate in prayer by having a conversation together with God. No one is pressured to pray, but as you become comfortable, you’ll be able to pray sentence prayers and join in. There are many promises in the Bible related to group prayer. In praying together with a few others, we are drawn together, and we find answers to the needs in our lives.
You will be able to handle stress and pressure better.
Small groups provide excellent support in times of crisis, change, and stress. You’ll have a sense of stability and security knowing there are people who really care for you and are committed to standing with you.
When someone loses a job, or a family member has an extended illness, or a mother needs a babysitter - these are practical needs that will be naturally taken care of through your small group. Your group will coordinate the sharing of hot meals to be brought in when your family is in need. Many people in our church could testify that they would not have made it through a difficult time if it hadn’t been for the support of their group.
You will have a natural way to share Christ with friends, relatives, and work associates.
It may be that some of your friends who don’t know the Lord ‘wouldn’t be caught dead in a church.’ They have a preconceived idea and just the thought makes them defensive. But those same people may be open to an invitation to a casual Bible discussion in a home or office setting. In a small group, your unbelieving friend can ask questions and express honest doubts without feeling "put on the spot". When your friend sees the love and warmth and honesty of your group, it will make your friend more receptive to the Good News.