At First Baptist Church of Killeen, adults gather at 8:30, 9:45 and 11:00 a.m. Sundays for LifeGroups (also called “Sunday School”) to know Christ and then make Him known. Our goal is to model the Great Commandment and manifest the Great Commission.
The Great Commission: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
The Great Commandment: “The most important (commandment)…is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31)
What Are LifeGroups?
LifeGroups are small groups of people who meet every week to share, study, and support one another. The Christian life finds its fulfillment when we share it together with one another and Christ. LifeGroups are a major way of experiencing fellowship, providing spiritual growth, intimacy, accountability, and protection. The church is not a building but the family of God and the Body of Christ. The people that we connect with in LifeGroups become our spiritual family that support and encourage us. Through true fellowship in LifeGroups, we experience and share the love of God with our brothers and sisters in Christ. In LifeGroups, we also become a part of the spiritual formation of others through the blessing of fellowship.
Who are in LifeGroups?
We gather to know more about Christ in LifeGroups, from bed babies to senior saints. We learn from God’s Word, the Holy Bible. Rick Warren said a Christian without a church is like a football player without a team; he may be a great running back, kicker or lineman, but without a team, he’s a little bit lost. LifeGroups gather on Sunday mornings in small clusters who share some commonalities. These groups are open and inviting. They seek to reach people, teach people and minister to people, all to the glory of God.
Being involved in a LifeGroup is our best method to be more like Christ. The very word “communion” speaks of our common union together and beckons us to encourage others and be encouraged. Without being with one another, how can believers
- love one another (John 13:34-35)
- be devoted to one another and honor one another (Romans 12:10)
- live in harmony with one another (Romans 12:16)
- accept one another (Romans 15:7)
- instruct one another (Romans 15:14)
- greet one another (Romans 16:16)
- serve one another (Galatians 5:13)
- bear with one another (Ephesians 4:2)
- be kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:12)
- speak to one another (Ephesians 5:19)
- submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21)
- forgive one another (Colossians 3:13)
- teach and admonish one another (Colossians 3:16)
- encourage one another (Hebrews 10:25)
- live in harmony with one another (1 Peter 3:8) and
- have fellowship with one another (1 John 1:7)?
What is the POINT of LifeGroups?
Traditionally, we have called such Bible Studies “Sunday School,” and the point was implied to simply learn more about the Bible. But, in practice, our gathering is much more than just on Sundays and much greater than a “school.” In our LifeGroups, we emphasize five major points of the Christian life:
PRAYER: Communicating with God the needs and desires of our lives and expressing to Him our worship and love;
OUTREACH: Sharing with others life’s greatest message of eternal life which Christ defined as “knowing the only true God and Jesus Christ whom He sent” (John 17:3);
INREACH: Sharing our lives as brothers and sisters together under the loving fellowship of our heavenly Father;
NEED-MEETING: As a mission and a ministry, we give our lives in service to others, both within and beyond our LifeGroups;
TEACHING: Growing together in a life-time journey as disciples of the Master Teacher, Jesus Christ.