Because one of our highest values at Bethany is serving, we desire each B-Group to declare a mission—to come up with a plan for how they can serve together. B-Groups are the ideal place to team up with other believers to show the tangible love of God to our city, nation, and world.
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.
—1 Peter 4:10–11 NLT
Because we value the love and strength found in biblical community, we desire each B-Group to commit to relationships. More than meeting together once a week, B-Groups are about doing life together. When people do life with those in their group, they will have someone to call when they are discouraged and someone to pray with when they are doubting. This loving community of people will notice when one person is away, gently sharpen each other when needed, and challenge each other to share their faith. A B-Group removes the loneliness felt when you are just one in a crowd and opens the door to the life of our church family.
God places the lonely in families.
—Psalm 68:6 NLT
Because we value leaders being equipped and resourced for ministry, we desire each B-Group to decide on a curriculum. A curriculum provides the leader with a roadmap for the semester. Our goal is see people grow in their knowledge of Christ and become all that He has called them to be. For 2017, deciding on your curriculum is easy. The entire church will be doing The One Year Bible and S.O.A.P.
As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.
—Proverbs 27:17 NLT