Small groups consist of food, fellowship, Bible study (or sermon review), prayer, and accountability
At SPBC, we encourage our members to be involved in a small group. A small group is a group of 8 to about 15 members who have committed to meet together regularly outside of our regular Sunday church gatherings. The point of these groups is Christian growth.
Ideally, a small group provides an environment where, together, church members can grow in the grace of Christ, helping one another to not be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin (2 Pet. 3:18; Heb. 4:12-14). Currently, we have small groups meeting in Ashburn, Bluemont, Chantilly, Falls Church, Herndon, Reston and Sterling.
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."