Stonegate groups are the heart of our church family.
They are our primary means of discipleship. What is a Stonegate Group? It's a gospel community (family) that lives out the mission of God together in a specific area and to a particular people group by displaying and declaring the gospel to others (missionaries). Our Stonegate Groups are designed for discipleship or forming people in the gospel.
- DISCIPLESHIP IN STONEGATE GROUPS: GOSPEL, COMMUNITY, MISSION
Stonegate Groups are our primary avenue for discipleship. Disciple-making is prone to many misconceptions. Some people think discipleship happens in the classroom studying the Bible (Gospel), others think it happens by living together with Gods’ people (community), while other’s think it happens on the field obeying the commands of the Bible (mission). We think each of those views are deficient.
We believe disciple-making requires all three (Gospel, Mission, and Community).
- STONEGATE GROUPS & GOSPEL
It’s good news, not just good advice. Good news can make all the difference in a person’s life. In a statement the Gospel is...
The just and gracious God of the universe looked upon hopelessly sinful people and sent his son, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, to bear his wrath against sin on the cross and to show his power over sin in the resurrection so that all those who have faith in him will be reconciled to God forever (Romans 1-3)
That is the good news of the Gospel. God has made a way through Jesus for men and women to be reconciled to himself. We love how Tim Keller describes how the Gospel applies to the life of a Christian.
The gospel is not just the A-B-C of Christianity, it’s the A-Z. The gospel is not just the minimum required doctrine necessary to enter the kingdom, but the way we make all progress in the kingdom…It is the solution to each problem, the key to each closed door, the power through every barrier.
The Gospel is foundational to our Stonegate Groups. It where everything begins. Through the Gospel, God adopts us (giving us a people or community) and commissions us (giving us a purpose or mission). Our goal in a HomeGroup is to form men and women in this gospel.
- STONEGATE GROUPS & COMMUNITY
There is a groove in the heart of every human for authentic relationships. We have an intrinsic desire to be part of, and belong to, something; however, the suburban world in which most Americans live is a great obstacle to this God-given desire. Stonegate Groups are one of the primary ways we fight against that obstacle.
Biblical community moves us beyond good friendships and a good support group. Biblical community is deep, authentic, gospel formed friendships. When you are walking in Biblical community it means you are completely known by a group of people. Moreover, Biblical community consistently reminds you of the Gospel, speaking the Gospel into your life as unbelief is exposed.
Biblical community is an affirmation that spiritual bloodlines run deeper and last longer than physical bloodlines. As God’s family we see it as our obligation to personally care for the needs of one another – both physically and spiritually. The gospel calls us to live life together, to pray for one another, to encourage, rebuke, exhort, cry, and laugh together (Acts 2:42-47). Stonegate Groups provide the place for this sort of community to develop.
- STONEGATE GROUPS & MISSION
The mission of God is to redeem and save lost people through His Son, Jesus Christ, and Stonegate Groups are also intended to be the primary expression of mission at Stonegate Church.
The Gospel calls, motivates and moves us to participate in that mission. When God saves us from our sins, he also commissions us as missionaries of His Gospel (2 Corinthians 5:16-21). To be a Christian is to be a missionary, or someone living on the mission of God. Just like Jesus was sent into the world to show the world what God is like, so Christians are sent into the world to display the worth of God with their lives and declare the worth of God with their lips. To state that another way, missionary is a new gospel identity for a Christians. (John 20:21) Moreover, the more we embrace our gospel identity, the more we are moved toward our Gospel obligation (God’s mission in the world).
We live out our new identity by seeing our neighborhood, workplace, restaurants, gyms, and other places we regularly attend as bridges that God has given to build relationships with unbelievers. The Gospel moves us toward build authentic relationships and keeps us from seeing people as projects. The Gospel moves us to love people enough to share our lives with, open our home, and to spend time with men and women far from God in hopes of seeing God redeem and rescue them. In short, the gospel is the foundation and motivation for mission.
In light of that, our Stonegate Groups are not just a place for people to get to know one another, they are also a place for people to get on the mission of God with one another. To state that another way, Stonegate Groups are a provide the place for us to get on mission with this community.
If you would like more information on Stonegate Groups, please contact Tony Robinson at .