SMALL GROUPS

WHY SMALL GROUPS?

Small Groups exist to mature believers through devoted, truth-speaking communities

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WHY SMALL GROUPS?

Small Groups exist to mature believers through devoted, truth-speaking communities

1. Mature Believers

“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity.”
Hebrews 5:12-6:1

Maturing in righteousness is a non-negotiable essential of the Christian walk. It is far too easy to settle with stunted, stalled growth. Instead, we must progress from being students to teachers. We must move from milk to meat. The chief end of small groups is to “go on to maturity” together. These groups spur one another on, asking, “How can I grow in godliness now and how does my godliness compare with where I was a year ago?”

2. Devoted, truth-speaking communities

“Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 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.”
Hebrews 3:12-13

Every heart is susceptible to a grave disease: An evil, unbelieving heart can lead us to fall away from God (v12). However, God’s word gives a prescription: Exhorting communities (v13). These are communities of faith that are devoted enough to each other to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15-16). Small groups are designed to be these communities – groups of Christ-followers who regularly, urgently and attentively exhort one another that none of us “may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin”

HOW DO SMALL GROUPS GROW IN MATURITY?

Through 6 different modules in our milk-to-meat cycle…

HOW DO SMALL GROUPS GROW IN MATURITY?

Through 6 different modules in our milk-to-meat cycle…

CHRIST

In the CHRIST module, groups will examine the work of Jesus Christ and the truths of the gospel. The focus is to behold our saviour, whose atoning work was sufficient for us (2 Cor 3:18).

ABIDE 1

In the ABIDE I module, groups will examine the nature of our hearts and false idolatry. The focus is to transform our hearts to truly worship, instead of merely mending our behaviour (Eph 4:22-24).

ABIDE 2

In the ABIDE II module, groups will examine the spiritual disciplines required for Christian growth. The focus is to renew our minds through growing prayer and biblical literacy (Rom 12:2).

CONNECT

In the CONNECT module, groups will examine God’s design for the church and how God’s people interact together. The focus is to be the church that is distinct from the world (1 Pet 2:9-10).

SHARE 1

In the SHARE I module, groups will train together to become better disciple-makers. The focus is to equip the saints to help others follow Jesus (Eph 4:11-12).

SHARE 2

In the SHARE II module, groups will be on mission together, through either evangelism (sharing their faith with non-Christians) or discipleship (helping to mature fellow Christians). The focus is to actually go to the world to make disciples (Matt 28:18-20).

WHAT DO SMALL GROUPS LOOK LIKE PRACTICALLY?

WHAT DO SMALL GROUPS LOOK LIKE PRACTICALLY?

 

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HOW LONG?

Small groups walk through the milk-to-meat cycle over a period of approximately 2 years.

Each year is broken into 3 semesters: FALL (Labour Day to Christmas), WINTER (New Year to Easter) and SPRING (Easter to Canada Day).

One module is done each semester.

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WHEN?

Small groups meet weekly during each semester. SGs typically meet weekly on weeknights or on Sunday afternoons. A typical SG evening schedule is shown below:

  • 7:00 to 7:15pm – Arrive and Connect 

  • 7:15 to 7:45 pm – Worship and pray together 

  • 7:45 to 8:30 pm – Discussion of God’s Word. 

  • 8:30 to 9:15pm – Accountability Time

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WHERE?

Small groups typically meet in homes in the Etobicoke and Mississauga areas. However, amidst COVID-19 restrictions, many groups are primarily meeting online-only via ZOOM. At their discretion, groups are free to select days to gather in-person.

CLICK HERE and select “Show Map” for a map of our groups.

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WHO?

Small groups consist of 10-16 people who are hungry to mature together through devoted, truth-speaking community. When groups have vacancies, new members are added at the beginning of each semester.

COMMIT TO A SMALL GROUP

We hope that you see the importance of Small Group community for the health, growth and progress of our faith. Below are your next steps to joining a Small Group at Hope Church.

Attend Hope Essentials and Meet a Leader

Hope Essentials is an interactive class held by one of our pastors where you’ll learn more about what it means to follow Christ at Hope Church. Click here to find out more and sign up!

Read the Small Group Commitment

Our Small Group Commitment explains what non-negotiables Small Group members agree to keep. 

Submit the Small Group Commitment!

Once you’ve read and agree to the Small Group Commitment and are ready to get plugged-in to a group, simply fill out and submit this online form.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Below are a few frequently asked questions about the NEW LIFE Program.

Is childcare provided for Small Groups?

Childcare is not formally provided for small groups. However, we do have family groups where moms and dads meet on separate weeks. Please contact us directly to learn more about our family groups.

Can I be a part of more than one group?

No. Our desire is that you invest heavily in one small group for the sake of increasing greater unity and devotion within a small group.

Can you tell me more about a typical Small Group night?

7:00 to 7:15pm – Arrive and Connect 

This is a time to have fellowship over light refreshments.

7:15 to 7:45 pm – Worship and pray together 

This is a time to fix our eyes on the study and meditation of God’s word to come.

7:45 to 8:30 pm – Discussion of God’s Word. 

This time is intentional in 3 ways. Firstly, this time is discussion-driven. Rather than being a time where a single person teaches, it is a time where we can teach and exhort one another (Col 3:16).

Secondly, this time is word-centred. Rather than drawing from extra-biblical sources, this is a time when we dig deep in God’s very words  (2 Tim 3:16).

Thirdly, this is time is application-focused. Rather than being a mere exchange of intellectual ideas, this is a time to take specific steps to apply God’s word to our daily lives (James 1:22-25)

8:30 to 9:15 pm – Accountability Break Out

During this time, the group breaks out and the men and women gather separately. During this time, sin struggles are identified and accountability measures are established for the sake of victory over sin.

Got more questions on Small Groups?

Contact Pastor Andrew at andrew@hopechurchtw.ca or call 416-521-9292 for questions or more information about Small Groups.

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