October 25th 2013 No comments yet
“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Remember…” Deut. 4:9
Remember the first home fellowships when the church began meeting at Collin College? Remember how friendships started, and people encouraged one another? Remember when home fellowship kicked off with such enthusiasm years ago? Can you remember the time when there was about 300 small groups in the life of the church? Do you remember how prayers were answered, biblical insights changed lives, or meals were provided for the hurting through small groups? Can you remember the leaders that led these groups and how leaders were trained and developed through home fellowships? Do you remember the many stories shared in these groups in which God demonstrated his supernatural, sovereign intervention in people’s lives?
All this and so much more has happened through the years Stonebriar has existed. From the very beginning, small groups, now called Home Fellowships, have played a key role in the spiritual growth of all who call Stonebriar their church home. Through the years there has been hundreds of small groups, while at other times there has been just a handful. Now we have small groups in every ministry and home fellowships exist from Ft. Worth to Wylie.
Home Fellowships play a key role in the Great Commission. They are a place where discipleship and leadership development occur. They are an excellent context where people can experience grace and not just gain more information about it. During Stonebriar’s existence, thousands have experienced the benefits of group life. Today, church attendees from Colleyville to Frisco to McKinney regularly meet together to grow spiritually and participate in genuine community. For those who have yet to know these blessings, Stonebriar hopes you’ll take the next step and visit one of these groups.
And for those that remember all the good gifts experienced through Home Fellowships, consider extending the blessing. In other words, as you are careful not to forget all that God has done, would you consider starting a new group in your home? Each fall and spring, we train new home fellowship group leaders in our six-week class. Perhaps now is the time God is prompting you to equip yourself so that you’ll help the next generation into a life of spiritual growth and authentic community. If you believe God is leading you in that direction, check out all the details of the home fellowship training by clicking here.
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