Spiritual growth & care through fellowship, prayer, & accountability around God’s Word
12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to
fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called
“today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have
come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.
At SPBC, we encourage our members to be involved in a small group. A small group is just what it sounds like—a smaller group (8-15 people) of SPBC members committed to meeting together regularly outside of the main weekly gatherings of the church. The purpose of a small group is to provide a hospitable context in which church members grow into the image of Christ by seeking to apply God’s word together, care for one another and spread the gospel.
In short, small groups are for mutual growth and care.
A small group seeks to provide an environment where, together, church members can grow in the grace of Christ, helping one another guard against being hardened by the deceitfulness of sin (2 Pet. 3:18; Heb. 4:12-14). Currently, we have small groups meeting in Sterling, Herndon, Reston, Ashburn, & Brambleton.
If you are interested in visiting or joining a small group, please contact Mike Jones.
We don’t tend to divide small groups based on peoples’ age, stage of life or any other demographic. Rather, we love to see people from many different generations, occupations and life stages all in the same small group. In this way, a small group is a micro of the macro. That is, a small group is a reflection of the larger congregation.
"...encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity."
-1 Timothy 5:1-2
Usually, people attend a small group that is nearest to their home. This helps foster all the other characteristics of small groups. The closer the people in each small group live to each other, the easier it is for them to do life together.
"...and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts"
Small groups meet at least every other week. Additionally, we encourage small groups to engage with each other outside of their regular gathering. We believe that this regularity of meeting promotes deeper relationships.
"...not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."
God gifts to every member of his church in some way. As members, it is our privilege to use those gifts to “serve one another” (Gal. 5:13). We know that not everyone has gifts that are fully utilized in the weekly gathering of the church. However, being a part of a small group provides relationships and a great environment in which to use our gifts in organic ways.
"For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another."