Small groups offer many advantages for the believer. It's a way to 'plug-in' and become more connected to the Body of Christ. In a small group, we are able to give and receive care for one another through prayer, encouragement, and accountability. In caring relationships, we have the opportunity to be a healing agent of the Lord. Small groups offer fellowship. Bible study is generally the primary emphasis though.
God uses small groups to transform His people. An informal setting allows us to push past Bible knowledge and on to real life application. As we develop a deeper understanding of the God's Word, we discover how to better apply the truth to each of our lives. The Word becomes Flesh, and that transformation enables us to reflect the image of Christ in the church and in the world.
"Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home [house by house] and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people."