Life Groups are groups of 8-12 people that meet together each week in various locations around our community to learn about the Bible, grow and have fun while getting a chance to meet new people!
To join a Life Group you can simply click on the “Sign Up” link below and fill out the information required.
Here are four great reasons why you should join a Life Group:
- Weekly Bible study will help you grow in your faith (Psalm 119:11; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
- Prayer from others helps you get through the tough times (Philippians 4:6; 1 John 5:14-15).
- You’ll meet new friends in this busy life that will encourage you (Proverbs 27:17).
- You’ll have fun with other people going through the same things you are (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).
Summer Semester Life Groups
This semester’s Life Groups begin the week of July 30, 2017 and last for 7 weeks, so it’s just enough time to learn something new and make new friends without feeling like you’re signing your life away. There are different kinds of Groups to choose from, so…there’s one just right for you!
Boundaries by Henry Cloud | Led by: Aaron & Tamara Gibson
Tuesday Nights / 6pm / WakeUp Coffee Co. Brunswick
Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. A boundary is a personal property line that marks those things for which we are responsible. In other words, boundaries define who we are and who we are not. Boundaries impact all areas of our lives: Physical boundaries help us determine who may touch us and under what circumstances — Mental boundaries give us the freedom to have our own thoughts and opinions — Emotional boundaries help us to deal with our own emotions and disengage from the harmful, manipulative emotions of others — Spiritual boundaries help us to distinguish God’s will from our own and give us renewed awe for our Creator — Often, Christians focus so much on being loving and unselfish that they forget their own limits and limitations. When confronted with their lack of boundaries, they ask:
– Can I set limits and still be a loving person?
– What are legitimate boundaries?
– What if someone is upset or hurt by my boundaries?
– How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money?
– Aren’t boundaries selfish?
– Why do I feel guilty or afraid when I consider setting boundaries?
Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend offer biblically-based answers to these and other tough questions, showing us how to set healthy boundaries.
Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin | Led by: Andy Green
Saturday Afternoon / 4pm / Starbucks off Exit 29
Sent to the most violent battlefield in Iraq, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin’s SEAL task unit faced a seemingly impossible mission: help U.S. forces secure Ramadi, a city deemed “all but lost.” In gripping firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories in SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser, they learned that leadership—at every level—is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails.Willink and Babin returned home from deployment and instituted SEAL leadership training that helped forge the next generation of SEAL leaders. After departing the SEAL Teams, they launched Echelon Front, a company that teaches these same leadership principles to businesses and organizations. From promising startups to Fortune 500 companies,
Now, detailing the mind-set and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult missions in combat, Extreme Ownership shows how to apply them to any team, family or organization. Each chapter focuses on a specific topic such as Cover and Move, Decentralized Command, and Leading Up the Chain, explaining what they are, why they are important, and how to implement them in any leadership environment.
What is a Life Group?
Most of our Life Groups are made up of 8-12 people who want to grow spiritually and connect with some friends who are going in the same direction. Sometimes the best description is simply a group of people who are like you and are looking for a way to become more like Christ. They’re not stuffy. In fact, there’s no better place to meet people who really want to live life to the fullest.
Are all Life Groups the same?
The short answer: No. At BIBC we have all kinds of groups, because we have all kinds of people. We have groups designed for people who are investigating Christianity and groups for people who want to really dig into a book of the Bible. Some of our groups are focused on developing solid relationships with other believers. Other groups are centered on prayer or serving together.
Why should I join a Life Group?
Here are four very important reasons. First, you’ll begin to understand the Bible better in a Life Group (there’s nothing like the chance to ask questions). Second, you’ll begin to feel like you’re part of God’s family (and not just a face in the crowd). Third, prayer will become more meaningful for you (your friends will be praying for you and with you). Finally, you’ll be able to handle stress and pressure better (when your friends are there for you life is a very different experience).
Do I have to be a partner of BIBC to join a Life Group?
No. In fact you do not even have to attend BIBC to join a Life Group. Feel free to invite your friends to attend a group with you.
How often does a Life Group meet?
Life Groups at BIBC are semester based lasting 6-8 weeks. Life Groups meet once a week.
What happens at a Life Group meeting?
Every group is different but there are some common denominators. Most groups have a time for just hanging out, talking about the week and what’s going on in life. The central component is a study. It may be the study of the Book of Romans or the Gospel of John. Or it might be a study on a book that everyone is reading. Our groups are designed to encourage discussion and engage each person in the process. And then our groups have an opportunity to pray for each other.
Where do Life Groups meet?
Most of our Life Groups meet in a home once a week for around 1.5-2 hours to learn about God, pray, eat, laugh and live.
Is there childcare available?
Each group is responsible for providing their own childcare. Depending on the age of the children, some groups include them in some part of the group time and then separate them in another room. Some other suggestions are parents chipping in together to hire a babysitter either at the place they meet or at a nearby home. Other groups require each participant to make their own arrangements. Each group can decide how to handle childcare in the most appropriate way for their group.
What if I don’t like the first group I try?
We want to encourage you to give the group you try a couple visits. Anytime you’re trying something new, it may need to grow on you. In addition, it may take a couple of times to begin to feel like you’re in the right place. But at the same time, we want you to find a group that fits you! So don’t be afraid to get a second opinion if you don’t really feel good about the group you try.
How do I get into a group?
There are two easy ways to get connected: You can stop by the Guest Services Table (located in the them Main entrance of the church) before or after our weekend services. Or you can sign-up above.
Can I lead or host a Life Group?
We love it when people are interested in leading/hosting a group. For more information about leading/hosting a Life Group please CLICK HERE
Ideally Small Groups are a place where people experience genuine Christian community. To help achieve this, review the following simple guidelines.
Christ-centered: The ultimate mission of the group is to encourage people to grow in their relationship with Christ.
Caring for one another: We are all on a journey. Part of growing together means we support, respect, and accept one another right where we are. Practically, this means listening well—allowing everyone to participate (no one monopolizes the discussion), and listening while resisting the temptation to give advice or ‘fix it.’
Confidentiality: As a general rule, what is shared in the group stays in the group. Notable exceptions: (1) If permission is sought and granted to share a story beyond the group. (2) If a person is believed to be a threat to himself or herself or to another.
Commitment: While it is recognized that not everyone will always be able to make every meeting, the group is encouraged to make full participation in the life of the group a high priority. In the event you cannot attend, please contact your leader and/or host.