|Living Room (Small Groups)|
Welcome to the Living Room. It's here that we hope you'll kick off your shoes and stay awhile. Small Groups are the place where you'll get to see up close and personal the spiritual life that is MERCYhouse. Read the following verses from Acts that describe the life of the early church:
They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
What we've found is that it is difficult to live out the life described in the book of Acts in a large group in which we only see each other on Sunday morning. We think that the organism of church that is described here finds its fullest expression in a small group with about 12 to 15 people.
This is why in addition to Sundays, we offer small groups that meet weekly in homes, in our main building, and on college campuses where life can be shared together.
This "life shared together" takes several forms - eating, talking, laughing, praying, learning, singing, playing. It's a little community committed to the devotions of the apostle's teaching, the fellowship, the breaking of bread, prayer, and impacting our world (see Acts 2:42). It's where you go when you've experienced your greatest success or your greatest defeat. It's a community striving for Jesus' radical minimum standard of love for God and others.
While all Small Groups are a little different, they all have some similarities. The group usually eats together, talks about their week, prays for the concerns that people have, and engages in some kind of Bible study discussion. Details about locations and leaders are found on this website.