Have you ever listened to a pastor or Bible teacher and wanted to stop them and say, "But what about...?" or I don't understand? In a small group setting, you can ask questions, participate in a discussion and hear others share insights and illustrations of the truth you are trying to grasp. The Bible must be applied to your own personal situations, and that happens best in small groups.
Most people who have been a part of a group say the greatest benefit is the close relationships and friendships that develop. You will discover that your needs and problems are not unique ~ we're all in the same boat. It helps to know that others are facing the same difficulties, or have lived through them and learned spiritual principles in the process. We are instructed to love one another, encourage one another, pray for one another, accept one another, bear one another's burdens, and build up one another. We really do need each other. God never meant for you to go it alone in the Christian life.
Prayer will become more meaningful to you. In your small group you will learn to participate in prayer by having a conversation together with God. No one is pressured to pray, but as you become comfortable, you'll be able to pray sentence prayers and join in. In praying together with a few others, we are drawn together and we find answers to the needs in our lives. You will be encouraged as others pray for you and you see God answer those prayers.
Small groups provide excellent support in times of crisis, change, and stress. You'll have a sense of stability and security knowing there are people who really care for you and are committed to standing with you. When someone loses a job, or a family member has an extended illness, the group can help with prayer and support. Many people in our church could testify that they would not have made it through a difficult time if it hadn't been for the support of their group