In our last blog post, we defined spiritual growth as a movement from outsider to insider and from internal to external. God calls people who are outside of a relationship with Him to come and live inside of his lordship and love.
In this post we will look a bit deeper at both inward and outward movements of spiritual growth. You should be able to use this information to plan next steps for fostering the growth of your group members.View Blog Post
One area that can get overlooked in the spiritual life of a group is evangelism, or sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. LifeGroups can become a place where ‘everyone is fed’ or ‘everyone has the same strong foundation’. Although this may be God’s plan for a season of your LifeGroup, God typically uses our groups as a safe place for seekers to land and experience a Christian community for the first time.View Blog Post
Jesus handpicked 12 men to be His disciples and lead the way in the Great Commission saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20, ESV). To prepare His disciples for ministry, Jesus intentionally developed them by investing in them, modeling for them, and giving them the opportunity to practice when He was still among them.View Blog Post
As you know, LifeGroups are our primary discipleship environment at Forest Hill Church. We believe that growth happens best in community. We praise God for the thousands of people who have connected to LifeGroups at Forest Hill and for the ways He is working in their hearts and lives!
But how do we care for people who aren’t ready for a LifeGroup yet?View Blog Post
One of the main components of LifeGroups is serving together as a group. This is different from how a lot of churches operate when it comes to growing in your faith, the making of disciples, aka discipleship. Why? Great question.View Blog Post
We’re often asked, “How many times per year does our LifeGroup need to serve?” This is due, at least in part, to our desire to quantify life. While our answer of recommending a group serve four or more times each year may answer the question (note: serving less frequently can suggest an inward focus), it is difficult to quantify something that is at the end of the day a matter of the heart.
So, why is serving a matter of the heart?View Blog Post
The fear of being able to handle difficult questions in a LifeGroup is one of the top reasons that keep many from saying “Yes” to leading a group. While there are some leaders who love the challenge of answering difficult questions, most of us would rather not have to. As we move through January’s sermon series Unwrapped, we thought it would be good to talk about handling difficult questions in your LifeGroup.View Blog Post
At Forest Hill Church we are striving together to grow in wisdom and truth through daily study of the Bible and prayer. We’re excited to launch the Engage FHC app as a tool to help us as we grow.
Engage FHC is an app designed to help people encounter God’s Word in meaningful ways. With Engage FHC, you’ll receive biblical content customized to your own unique spiritual needs and designed to help you move closer to Jesus on a daily basis.View Blog Post
Serving is a part of the fabric of all healthy LifeGroups. When a group goes deep with a local service partner, each group member enjoys a shared experience of starting relationships cross culturally. Times of study become richer as a group dives into God’s Word and sees scripture through the lens of those who are hurting. Conversations during your socials will tend to move past the Panthers or new coffee shop and move instead into the neighborhood. You will see how serving impacts your group’s community and discipleship (and vice versa).View Blog Post