We cannot pro-actively love each other if we don’t know each other.
At mtn. church, we understand the importance of living in a community of Believers who share their life together, as well as having a unified heart for our Valley. God’s purpose for our gathering is to build relationships by loving each other and our Valley.
We are known as Christians by our love for one another — how can we love each other if we don't know each other? Be proactive in loving by gathering regularly in a Life Group.
Jesus designed His church to function as an intimate, adopted family, and as such, He desires that we would be one just as He and the Father are one.
With the format that the western church has created, it has unintentionally lost its focus on community. We have acted as if church was something to consume. We come, consume the teaching and music, then leave. And although this is not all bad, it is far from what Jesus envisioned.
The community life in the early church, however, gave strength and support as they cared for one another and considered each other family. Following Jesus, and church wasn't an event, but a movement and a way of life.
A Life Group is a group of Jesus followers who have decided to share their lives with one another by willingly investing time, energy, experiences, emotions, thoughts and prayers into a group.
Most Life Groups are made up of 8-16 people who meet weekly in homes, coffee shops or parks, sometimes having a meal, honoring Jesus through communion; we love, pray for, encourage one another.
Life Groups primarily have a geographical focus that allows us to be on mission right where we live, distinguished among each life group is their mission. That is, whom they believe God has called them to minister to in their neighborhood. Throughout the year the Life Groups intentionally befriend and care in the hope that over time, their new friends will come to faith and be restored by God.
A Life Group is defined by three identities – Missionary, Family, and Disciples.
All of human history is the unfolding story of God the Creator working for the restoration of all that He has created. We call this work of restoration ‘the mission of God’. In this mission, God is always seeking the partnership of communities of people. He chooses one people, restores them and then sends them out to restore another people. As Life Groups, we are sent out together to seek the restoration of all who do not know Jesus, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and classmates.
At the heart of a Life Group is the relational harbor of a ‘gospel’ family. Jesus himself said, "…whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother." (Matthew 12:50) We have been adopted into Jesus' family. As such, we can and should experience the protection, care and nurture of a family that lives according to its Father's will and intentions. It is here that we give and receive the fullness of God’s love and daily display the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.
Jesus calls out to each person to follow Him, to be His disciple, apprentice, learner. The Holy Spirit and the scriptures have been given to us to lead us in an ever-transforming life as disciples of Jesus. But we must be diligent and disciplined to follow after Jesus who said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free." (John 8:31)