Community is essential for spiritual growth. It is far too easy to slip in and slip out of a worship service without anyone knowing your name, your joys, and your struggles. The early church modeled a depth of community which fostered their spiritual growth (Acts 4:32). First Baptist Church offers smaller group settings for building community. This community provides the opportunity for believers to fulfill the numerous one-another commands of the New Testament, as they share one another’s sorrows and joys (Rom 12:15). Such transparent community provides a trusting environment for neighbor love (Matt 22:39), and for building one another up toward greater maturity (Eph 2:19-21). Joining a small group or Sunday School is vital for long-term spiritual growth.
Some of our Sunday School classes are made of up individuals in the same life-stage, while others represent a multi-generational opportunity to learn from believers who are in a different part of the race. Most of our classes follow the Bible Studies for Life curriculum, while others are using the Gospel Project. Our Sunday School classes for our children are age-graded and provide in-depth learning opportunities at age-appropriate levels. Sunday School meets at 9:45 on our church campus. We also offer occasional Bible Studies that meet at members’ houses. These are often topical and are directed by our Men’s and Women’s ministries.
Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. – Acts 4:32
You shall love your neighbor as yourself. – Matthew 22:39