Here at NLF we offer an opportunity for you to belong to a home group. The purpose of a home group is to get to know each other on a more personal level outside of the church and to develop deep and lasting friendships.
Benefits of a Home Group
Members realize that others face similar problems; people often think "I am the only one going through this!"
People use their gifts and talents to minister to one another: God doesn't expect the pastor or teachers to do all the ministering. God has given us talents to encourage, teach and challenge one another.
Encourage one another in their faith: In his letter to the Romans, Paul taught us that when we see the faith in another believer, it encourages us in our own faith.
Encourage each other to grow: Regardless of a group's focus or format, after a while people are likely to share personal insights and testimonies. When people share, other group members see new ways they can draw closer to God nd new steps they can take with others.
Changing is Hard: There is nothing like a word of encouragement when someone feels hopeless or discouraged. Group members support one another, both during meeting and outside them. 2 Cor. 1:4 We can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
Hold each other accountable: If a group member announces he or she plans to work on making a change, other members of the group may ask how it went the next time they get together. Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
Pray for each other: God honors and answers prayer. When people become conected emotionally, they are more open to praying for each other. Matt. 18:20 For when two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.
People are more likely to practice what they learn: For all the above reasons, membes of a home group are more likely to apply what they learn than those in a large class.
Help each other in hard times: People often feel isolated, alone or abandoned when facing grave health, emotional or financial problems. Home group members can provide a "safety net" supporting one another in hard times.
Friendships start: Many people including Christians, lack close friends. when people get together in a home group, close friendships form and often remain long after the group ends.