Groups are how we care for each other.
At its core, a Stonegate Group is less about what you do and more about who you do it with. We all need each other. The best environment for vibrant community to form at Stonegate is in a Group. It’s a normal expectation that every member of the Stonegate family finds a group.
WHAT IS A STONEGATE GROUP?
Stonegate Groups exist to provide an environment for disciple-makers to enjoy Jesus together, be known by one another and transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- A GROUP IS A PLACE FOR YOU TO ENJOY JESUS WITH OTHERS
Jesus is a person to be enjoyed, but not alone. In Matthew 22:1-10, Jesus says the Kingdom of God is like a wedding feast. In Revelation 19:1-10, John pictures heaven as a marriage supper, with a great multitude enjoying king Jesus. A Stonegate Group is intended to be a foretaste of what’s to come, a place for us to enjoy Jesus with others.
- A GROUP IS A PLACE FOR YOU TO BE KNOWN BY OTHERS
Honesty is hard. We all have parts of ourselves we’d like to hide. But the good news of Jesus eventually leads us to honesty with others, not just in our strengths but also in our weaknesses. When we refuse to be known by others, we also refuse God’s precious gift of friendships. But when we allow ourselves to be known by others, we receive from Jesus genuine friends, people who know all of us yet still love us, people committed to helping us look more like Jesus.
Becoming fully known by others involves confession and repentance before the Lord and gospel-centered community. Rather than covering up our sin and insecurities or projecting a false version of ourselves, a group is a place to practice James 5:16,
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Jesus invites us to walk in the light, and being known by others in a Stonegate Group is one way to respond to that invitation.
- A GROUP IS A PLACE FOR YOU TO BE TRANSFORMED BY JESUS
We all want to change. We all need to change. And the Scriptures shows us how change happens - by beholding Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18)! As we behold our risen Savior, who lived and died in our place, we become more like Him. But beholding Jesus is a communal pursuit. We need others who will point us to the risen Jesus, and others will need us to point them to the risen Jesus.
Every Sunday the good news of Jesus is preached, and each week those in a group have the privilege of applying the gospel to one another’s heart. Each person in a Group is encouraged to be in-tune with one another’s life with Jesus, both their current struggles and successes, to pray for one another, and to “stir one another up to love and good deeds.” When this happens, we slowly “become more like Jesus in all of life through the power of the Spirit.”
LEADING A GROUP
You don’t need to have it all together to lead a Stonegate Group—you just have to be willing to let God use you. If you’re a first-time leader, join us for our next round of Redemption Groups. We believe God uses Groups to change people’s lives, and as a leader, you get to be a part of that.
We are here to help you enjoy Jesus and make disciples. Click below if you have questions about Stonegate Groups.