God is triune in his nature and he perfectly enjoys relationship within the persons of the Godhead. People are made in God’s image and are likewise designed by God to enjoy relationship. As we look at the Genesis account we see the relationship Adam and Eve enjoyed with their Creator and the catastrophic loss when sin marred that relationship. People are made to relate to God and others. We believe City Groups are one way to help promote healthy relationships between Christians in the local church. Our busy American lives so easily push out meaningful Christian relationship. City Groups are a deliberate interruption to our busy lives so that we put into our schedule a necessary component for what we believe is essential for Christian health – biblically centered, Christian fellowship.
The Sunday morning gathering is our weekly worship of God as a gathered church when we proclaim the gospel through biblical exposition, singing, giving, and prayer. This is an essential, non-negotiable part of what we do as a biblically obedient church. An we believe the single weekly gathering of the church on the Lord’s Day is not by itself sufficient for us to be biblically obedient to all the Scriptures teach about Christian discipleship.
Why do we have city groups? We’re glad you asked!
We do not believe the Holy Scriptures require every church to do City Groups or that a church must do them like we do. Rural or small town settings might not need the same kind of focused help as us city-dwellers. However, in our busy 21st Century American setting we have found it helpful to schedule a deliberate, intentional occasion that offers opportunity to do good work of love to our Christian family. Furthermore, if your discipleship is isolated to a 2 hour block of time on Sunday and a 2 hour block of time during a mid-week group you are missing meaning of biblical discipleship. City groups are not intended to be an event but to nurture and foster a lifestyle of discipleship. God has high and good expectations on his children to live out their new life in Christ. As we obey, God receives fame and glory, and the worship of King Jesus increases. City Groups is one way we aim to obey our King.