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.
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 works of love to our Christian family. At the same time, if our discipleship is isolated to a 2 hour block of time on Sunday and a 2 hour block of time during a mid-week group we are missing the true 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.