Where Real Life Happens
We believe it takes spiritual family dynamics lived out over time for God’s people to grow up in Christ and change the world. This community happens when we are authentic with one another, so that we ourselves are known and we also know others, warts and all. As we meet regularly with the same believers, being spiritually and emotionally naked with each other, we grow to become family. It is within a family-like structure, where we do reciprocal ministry in the Spirit – that we move from “loving God for my sake” to “loving the church for God’s sake.”
We invite you to learn more about Lifegroups below. To experience this community fully please visit any of our life groups that meet all over Dallas. Your life will be changed!
If you have questions or need more information on Lifegroups, please contact Donjalea Chrane.
“What if the root problem in a Christian’s life beneath all the personal, emotional, and spiritual struggles is unreleased goodness, identity, and power?”quote by author Larry Crabb Lifegroups help us eagerly look for the good God within.
Living Room Community
During the first three centuries of the Christian faith, home living rooms were where spiritual life was nurtured and released in community. People were discipled rigorously and the Roman social order was transformed.
Their lives were changed by meeting regularly together. As a result of the Holy Spirit’s work, the church in the Roman Empire grew from about 7,500 believers in 100 A.D. to six million by 300 A.D. (Rodney Stark, The Rise of Christianity and Alan Kreider, The Change of Conversion and the Origin of Christendom).
However, when Constantine legalized Christianity in the fourth century, churches moved out of homes and into Roman basilicas, which had been built originally for pagan religions. In these huge buildings, members now sat in rows of seats facing an elevated altar at the front, where the “ministry” was done by a priest.
The Protestant Reformation did nothing to change the architecture except to replace the altar with a pulpit, changing the focus from the Mass to a weekly sermon.
Even today, many Christians experience church as a spectator sport, in which thousands of people fill a huge room and watch one or two ministers preach the word.
The difference between the first century and today is that in today’s church model, members can remain anonymous and unequipped with only a few paid professional specialists doing the real “ministry.”