The MAIN COURSE: Info Sheet (printer friendly page)


I live because of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, anyone

who feeds on me will live because of me. John 6:57 (NLT)

Why we meet: To provide the nutrition necessary to grow deep in our

relationship with God and fellow Christians.

What’s our objective? To build a strong Christian community where we …

Motivate one another,

Attend to each others needs,

Inspire acts of love and good works, and

Nourish each other’s souls

What is our basis in scripture?

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.

And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but

encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing

near. Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT)

What is the construct? We use small groups to discuss topics from the

contemporary worship service, addressing questions, concerns and sharing

how the message impacted us.

Why this approach? We intentionally limit the size of each group so that

we can have meaningful discussions, develop stronger friendships and pray

earnestly for one another. Interestingly, this is the same approach John

Wesely (founder of the Methodist church) used to great effect. According to

Wesely, using this approach allowed folks to “happily experience a Christian

fellowship they hadn’t thought possible before…they had daily a more

intimate acquaintance with, and more endeared affection for, each other.”

We believe this intimacy provides an opportunity for us to fulfill Christ’s

command in the Gospel of John:

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you

must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if

you love one another. John 13:34-35 (NIV)

What if I don’t like my group? Someone from the class will contact you

to see how things are going. If the class isn’t for you, that’s okay, we

understand this approach won’t scratch everyone’s itch. If you like the idea,

but don’t feel comfortable in your group, that’s okay too. We’ll happily place

you in another group where the “chemistry” might be a better fit for you.

What’s expected of me? When you are ready, sign the attached Covenant

and return to your small group leader.





I live because of the living Father who sent me; in the same way,

anyone who feeds on me will live because of me.

John 6:57 (NLT)

The purpose of this class is to meet together in small groups--encouraging one

another, building each other up, being accountable to one another, and growing

deep in our relationship with our Heavenly Father while striving to be more Christlike

every day. Toward this end, we agree to the following rules:

Rule One…

We will be diligent in our reading and study of the scriptures. Joshua 1:8

Regarding our weekly meeting…

This meeting will be given priority in our schedules. Hebrews 10:24,25

Everyone will participate and no one will dominate. Each member has a right to

his/her opinion and all questions will be respected. 2 Corinthians 1:24

We will bring our Bibles to group meetings and agree that God’s word is the final

authority in our discussions. 2 Timothy 3:16,17

All information shared will be kept confidential and never repeated outside the

meeting. Proverbs 11:13

Groups will be open to new people, although group size will be kept small (no more

than 12 people) and groups will multiply as necessary. Mark 4:8

Unsolicited advice is not allowed—on occasion, members will share ongoing life

struggles …this is an opportunity for the group to listen and encourage, rather than

solve another’s problem. Matthew 7: 3,4

Regarding our commitment to one-another…

We will pray for each other regularly. James 5:16

We will actively seek out opportunities to meet together socially. Acts 2:46

Permission is given for all to call on each other in time of need. Ecclesiastes 4:12

These rules are crucial ingredients to building an atmosphere of acceptance, trust

and love and the community of believers we seek. As each of us grows we will help

others pursue and embrace life-changing experiences one day at a time.

We agree to hold one another accountable to fulfill the commitments agreed

upon by this group.

I agree to all of the above _____________________________ Date _____________