One of the primary ways we fulfill our mission to make disciples through treasuring, growing, and proclaiming is through is through a set-up of small groups—what we call “Care Groups.” While we are joined to all believers in the local church, Care Groups allow us to relate more deeply with a small number of people.
Through the gospel, God is redeeming His people, and Jesus is creating his image in them. His people then reflect His character, and reflect the Triune God himself – 3 persons – 1 God – perfect in fellowship and love.
Therefore, as a church our fellowship with others is evidence of fellowship with God (1 John 1:3). Participating in life together we get to express our worship, relationships, and mission as a church. At First Baptist Church of Roselawn (FBCR), we want to be a church of disciples who make and mature disciples. So because “Care Groups” is a key to discipleship, membership at FBCR is woven into community. It could be said, “We are community care groups.”
So membership at FBCR means being vitally connect to gospel community. We are each to be a member of a particular community care group and give our life to the mission and people in that group. We are each to be growing as a disciple of Jesus with others as disciples of Jesus.
Because of our identity in Jesus Christ, we purpose to do three things:
Worship. We exist to worship God. We gather not only to hear God’s word, we must apply it to our lives in order to be fruitful. Care Groups enable us to do this together. We seek to apply the Bible’s teaching, review Sunday messages, pray, sing, discuss Christian books, and use a variety of other resources with the intention of growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Community. God has made us dependent on each other, and Care Groups provide a context where we can minister to each other with the gifts that God has given us. It is a place where we can build intimate relationships, care for one another, meet needs, and help each other grow in our relationship with God.
Mission. Life is not contained to Sunday gatherings. Neither is the gospel. We want live everyday life with the gospel central. Who Jesus is and what He has done for us transforms every relationship and every priority. Living the gospel produces a community of transformed people who reach out to those who don’t yet know Christ. Our love for one another in community is aimed to witness and testify of the gospel’s work, so that others may come to know Christ.
Our Care Groups will meet several times per month on various days of the week. These monthly meetings are an ongoing rotation of a full-group gathering (all members of the group) and then individual smaller men’s and women’s meetings called “discipleship groups.”
Information on our various groups, leaders, locations, and meeting times can be found by contacting Pastor Joel at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.” -1 John 1:3