If you have been around BPCC for even a short amount of time this year, chances are you have heard talk about ‘Growth Groups.’ Growth Groups are an integral part of what it means to belong to BPCC, because it is primarily in Growth Groups where we fulfil our calling to grow in Christ-likeness and in community.
You see, as believers we both need and are commanded to have brothers and sisters in our lives who can speak God’s truth to us, exhort us, encourage us and spur us on towards love and good deeds (Heb. 3:12-13; 10:24; Rom. 12:10; Gal. 5:13). Due to its size and nature, a weekend worship service can be a difficult setting to form deep friendships where you can be challenged or encouraged by others who know you well and want God’s best for you. So, we have found the best place to live out the communal nature of discipleship and the Christian faith is in smaller groups.
Growth Groups are made up of men and women from all generations and walks of life. We are bound together not by common interests, common age or common ethnicity, but by a common Saviour. Growth Groups meet throughout the week for fellowship, care, prayer, accountability, sharing stories and studying God’s Word. My own Growth Group is always a rich time of deepening gospel friendships and encouragement in the Word of God.
Of course, there are a myriad of reasons you could find to not be in a Growth Group: I’m too busy. I find groups uncomfortable. I don't need other people prying into my life. And, certainly, no group is or will be perfect, nor will any two groups be exactly the same. We don’t expect them to be. Because people are messy, groups are messy. But, quite simply, you cannot live the Christian life outside of Christian community. Jesus said we are to “love one another,” (John 13:34-35) and the only way we can do that is if we are involved in “one another’s” lives.
So, it is our deep conviction and prayer that all those who are a part of BPCC be involved in a Growth Group. It will be encouraging, life-giving and, at times, challenging, but in the end it will be worth it as we together “behold the glory of Jesus Christ” and are “transformed into his image, from one degree of glory to another” (2 Cor. 3:18).