Where are your Community Groups?

We currently have groups that meet in Altamonte Springs, Apopka, Casselberry, Maitland, Longwood, Oviedo, and Winter Park. For more information email mike@orlandograce.org

 

Community Group Vision Statement

Community groups exist to foster community, spiritual formation, and everyday mission through being transformed by the Word of God and community. 

 

Community Group Philosophy

We are aiming for a greater understanding of the Gospel, deeper intentional relationships with one another, and increasingly propelled into fruitful mission in your everyday rhythms of life. Community groups are how we live out, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God."

 

Community + Growth + Mission

Community – Groups care for their members, pray for one another, and share their lives with one another.

42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” – Acts 2:42-47

1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! 2 It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! 3 It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.” – Psalm 133:1-3

 

Growth – Groups help their members grow deeper, more joyful, and more fruitful in the Gospel. This growth occurs when we experience a transformed mind, heart, and hands.

Transformed Mind

1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:1-2

Transformed Heart

26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.” – Ezekiel 36:26-27

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” – Psalm 51:10-12

Transformed Hands

8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” – Acts 1:8

 “9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” – I Peter 2:9-10

 

Mission – Groups help their members be increasingly fruitful by giving them ideas, resources, and feedback on what it looks like to be on mission in our city. While groups should multiply, individuals should multiply as well. While doing a service project together once in a while is a good first step, we are aiming at helping people view themselves as ones who are sent by a God who has providentially placed people around you in your regular everyday rhythms of family, neighbors, vocation, recreation, and rest. We are to be ambassadors for Christ where we live, work, and play and we do that by communicating aspects of the Gospel through words and acts of love, mercy, and justice.

2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” – 2 Tim. 2:2

8 So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.” – I Thes. 2:8

23 And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.” – Acts 4:23

21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” – John 20:21

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