At the heart of our small group opportunities is spiritual formation. Spiritual formation is being conformed in the image of Christ for the sake of others. These groups gather around a variety of interests and topics and yet each seeks to build relationships that encourage and challenge us to love others and love God more deeply.
When asked, Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love God with our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves.
These four words form a template or guideline for the type of programs we plan. Our goal is to form a holistic ministry that supports our growth in loving God and others as Jesus did. As our Spiritual Formation Advisory Team of lay people plans, we ask ourselves the following:
Heart: What are we offering that encourages us to grow in our relationships with others? (marriage and family topics, mentoring others, having healthy relationships, inter-generational fellowships)
Soul: What spiritual practices can we learn and implement as individuals, in small groups and even in large groups (prayer, scripture reading, silence, worship, etc.)
Mind: How do I think carefully about my faith and understand what it means? (How does my faith intersect with culture? How is Christianity different than other world religions? What does the bible teach about certain theological terms and ethical issues? How might I study the Bible more deeply?)
Strength: How do I honor Christ with my body, my belongings, my gifts and talents? How do I use these to serve others as Christ would?
Below are a few places where you might find a place in a small group. What interests you? Click on a link below to learn more about the small groups at First Baptist.