We were never intended to go it alone. God designed every one of us for community, and from the beginning, God said it was not good for humankind to be alone. It is in authentic and caring community, a place of interactions and relationships, that we flourish and grow.
At LCPC, Small Groups are a place for women and men to experience the kind of authentic community that supports and encourages us in our spiritual growth. Caring communities that will celebrate our joys and successes with us, share our sorrows in times of loss, and create safe spaces to express our doubts and struggles are communities that nurture us and help us discover what it means to be a follower of Jesus in every area of our life.
Small Groups are open to men and women of all ages and all stages of their faith journey. If you are not in a Small Group and would like to be, email Shelley Irvine, Director of Spiritual Formation and Equipping. You might also consider starting a new group with a couple of friends, neighbors or acquaintances! No Small Group looks exactly like another Small Group. What works best for you?
- The size can be 3 or 4 people or as many as 8 to 10 people.
- Do you want to meet evenings or mornings? Weekdays or weekends?
- You can meet weekly or bi-monthly.
- Do you want a couples’ group, a women’s group, a men’s group, a mixed group or a multi-generational group?
We can train you with all that you need to start and lead a Small Group that will fit with your schedule, and most importantly, help you develop another place of spiritual community, fellowship, and support for your walk with God.
NEW! Small Group Questions from Sunday Sermons!
These Small Group questions are based on the Biblical text that is used in each Sunday’s Sermons. They are also a great way to study scripture individually.
August 20, 2017
Rev. Dr. Jeff Hoffmeyer preaching
Pray, asking God to guide your discussion for this passage.
Read out loud: Genesis 28:10-22.
1. What do you know about Jacob? Why is he running away? When in your life have you run from something?
2. God shows up during an “in-between” time in Jacob’s life, when he is not expecting it. Has God ever shown up in your life in an unexpected way or during an “in-between” time?
3. God promises to “keep” Jacob (verse 15). When have you felt “kept” by God? When have you felt that God was not keeping you?
4. At the end of the text, Jacob sets up a monument to mark his encounter with God. What ways do you think God calls us to do the same thing? What practices does God call you to in order to mark his presence, and to notice his activity?
Pray about what you have discussed as a group.
August 13, 2017
Rev. Dr. Jeff Hoffmeyer preaching
“Created for Community”
A. Pray for God to speak through his Word and through each other.
B. Read Genesis 1:26-31
1. What do you think the image of God (imago Dei) s? Based on your experience, and informed by your faith, what does it mean to be truly human?
2. How would your life change if you lived out the idea that you are made in the image of the triune God, the God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? That is, if humanity is made for community, how should your life reflect this divine intention?
3. Churches are messy, broken places filled with messy, broken people. What is your experience with this? Have you ever been hurt by the church? What do you think Jesus wants to do with “messy, broken” churches?
4. How does the imago Dei (image of God) connect with God’s mandate concerning creation in verses 28-31? Keeping in mind Genesis 2:15, where God instructs humanity to “keep” the Garden, what is the call for Christians concerning the environmental and ecological movement?
5. How does this passage and your discussion lead you to pray?