WHY LIFE GROUPS & HOW EASY IT IS TO START ONE WITH FRIENDS
During these difficult times of coronavirus and isolation, there are still ways to socialize, learn and pray together as a small group. Think of a few people who would appreciate this, invite them, plan a time for everyone to watch a video then video conference together so you can see and hear each other and discuss the questions, points that stood out to you, and pray for each other. Video conferencing is free using simple tools like ZOOM or SKYPE.
“Let us not give up the habit of meeting together …Instead, let us encourage one another …(Hebrews 10:25 TEV) “You are joined together with peace through the Spirit, so make every effort to continue together in this way” (Ephesians 4:3 NCV) “How wonderful it is, how pleasant, for God’s people to live together in harmony” (Psalm 133:1 TEV)
Life is a journey and we are all at different points in our own personal experience. Life can be great at times and challenging quite often, and being in a group helps us all grow closer to each other and closer to God, with the support of friends. Friends from a small group can pray for you, share wisdom or experiences with you, encourage when needed and can add to our understanding of who God is and His plan for your life.
Join a small group and give it a try, if one doesn’t fit you exactly, try another! Life simply isn’t meant to be lived alone. You were created to experience life with other people. Small groups can gather online, but usually meet at church or in a home each week or bi-weekly, and one of these groups just might make your life that much more joyous. We’re better together. In a group you’ll hang out, socialize, study the Word, and pray together. No matter where you are in life, there’s a group for you. Let the church office know if you are interested.
Why Should I Join a Small Group? (3 Min video)
It’s Cold Outside …join a small group! (Skit Guys 3 min video)
Some Group Options
ALPHA FILM SERIES
- 1. The Alpha Series intro (3 min video)
- 2. Video Week 1: Is There More to Life Than This? (25 min video)
THE FOLLOWING ARE GREAT VIDEOS TO WATCH FOR NEWCOMERS SIMPLY SEARCHING AND SEASONED CHRISTIANS:
THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFEThe Purpose Driven Life (by Rick Warren – click here to order e-book download or free sample) Begin your own 6 week small group study with a friend or friends with the below resources. You can just watch the videos or better yet, watch a video then read from the e-book the following 7 days worth of readings (approx 3 pages per day), then call your friend/friends and discuss the questions. Whether it’s the first time, or re-doing this study (highly recommended), it will be a great time of growth and reflection discovering god’s individual purposes for our lives. You can also listen to a short message for each of the 40 days at www.purposedriven.com/day1 …then www.purposedriven/day2 View Introduction Video (2 mins) Video Messages (free) include:
- Session 1 Video 30 mins The Purpose for your life summary
- Session 2 Video 30 mins Planned for God’s pleasure …extra 20 min “Becoming a follower of God“
- Session 3 Video 30 mins Formed for God’s family
- Session 4 Video 30 mins Created to become like Christ
- Session 5 Video 30 mins Shaped to Serve God
- Session 6 Video 30 mins Made for a mission
RIGHTNOWMEDIA.ORGThis is the netflix of christian bible study videos, as well as a library of everyday topics that help us all navigate life. Topics such as marriage, finances, parenting, youth, recovery, leadership, and even kids programs are there. Visit and explore Our church has provided it’s congregation free access to rightnowmedia.org 1. Go to https://www.RightNow.org/Account/Invite/TSACANADA 2. Setup Your Account for access 3. Fill in the rest of your personal info, and check box at bottom that you are affiliated with the Salvation Army 4. When you enter the site it takes a bit of time for pictures of studies to appear …enjoy all these great resources
MORE STUDY MATERIALS AVAILABLE – CLICK HEREThis is only the beginning of what is available to you from our Church in Oshawa. Click here to visit resource page and review Bible Study Material available at our church. Have a look and contact the office if you wish to pick something up. “Share each other’s troubles and problems, and in this way obey the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2 NLT) “They committed themselves the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers.” (Acts 2:42 MSG) Would you like us to pray for you? We have a dedicated group of people who are doing exactly this. Click here for prayer
Rick Warren’s 64 page mini booklet “What on earth am I here for?” answers life’s 3 biggest questions:
- Why am I alive?
- Does my life matter?
- What on earth am I here for?
Wonderful to read yourself then pass it onto a friend.
Request one today by contacting the office. (firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-436-0011)