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Connection Groups

Learn about God and grow spiritually!

Why Connection Groups?

Here are ten reasons why every Christian should be part of a connection group:


1. To fulfill the vision of Christ for the Church that Jesus gave us in the Great Commission.

We are to go and make disciples of all nations, mature them in the faith, and mobilize them to win the world for Jesus. (Matthew 28:18-20) This can only be achieved when all believers become disciples themselves. The small group setting of cells is the only practical means to see this disciple-making happen.


2. To reach out to the lost.

The real work of evangelism belongs to every believer. The only proven method to evangelize is the one-to-one communication of the gospel by all believers. We are called and commanded by God to share the good news with our friends, neighbors, and relatives. Most people commit to Christ because of the witness of somebody they know. Connection groups have the capacity to penetrate every part of the city, homes, offices, businesses, schools, and universities. A Connection groups' church is not limited to buildings, so the whole city can be impacted by the gospel.


3. To nurture new believers.

New believers must be made firm in their faith, so that they will not slide back into unbelief, but become disciples of Christ. This consolidation can only be achieved through Connection groups. In Connection groups, new believers receive the level of care and nurture they need. They will be surrounded by people who are committed to pray for them and to help them in practical ways. Without Connection groups, the fruit of evangelism is easily lost.


4. To become a disciple.

Every believer is called to become a true disciple of Jesus Christ. Jesus puts it this way, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me." (Matthew 16:24) The cost is everything, but you don’t have to go through this alone. You are discipled in Connection groups by people who are being discipled themselves. There can be no loose cannons. Watch out for anyone who is trying to "disciple" you without being accountable to the church. Connection group leaders are accountable to their leaders. They are also subject to the training and discipline of the church, as well as having the resources of advice, wisdom, and counsel of their leaders.


5. To obey the call to make disciples.

The Great Commission is more than a call to evangelize and lead people to make a decision for Christ. New believers must be formed into disciples of Christ. This implies close personal contact that is only possible in Connection groups.


6. To be the Church.

The church is more than a building and more than church meetings. Sunday services comprise only a small part of church life. We don’t merely attend church, but we are the Church. Church is our daily relationship with Jesus and other believers. We have to be a church in the world without walls. We are the Body of Christ twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week.


7. To fulfill one another's command.

We are called to love, care for, teach, and encourage one another, exhort, admonish and restore one another. The only practical context in which to achieve this is in the Connection groups. Large Sunday gatherings are impersonal, and the individual can be lost in a crowd. In a Connection group, everyone counts and is important.  


8. To fulfill your ministry.

Every believer is called to life in the Spirit, and God has given each of us many special gifts, abilities, and ministries. Most Christians are never able to discover what these are. We need to learn what they are and to develop them, so we can use them to serve Christ for the benefit of others and to build up and strengthen each other. The Connection group is an ideal place where this can occur. You can be trained how to exercise the gifts of the Spirit and be released into your ministries.


9. To target your efforts.

Connection groups help to focus our efforts, and we become effective in reaching our goals. We are working together; we cannot accomplish it alone. To be a Christian means to be a part of the Body of Christ. You benefit from the strength, wisdom, encouragement, and support of the group.


10. To become fruitful.

We have been called to be fruitful. Every covenant God made with man comes with a promise of fruitfulness. The Connection groups provide the place of blessing. It is where you begin to enter into the joy of fruitfulness. As you fulfill God's call upon your life, the blessing begins to flow. God says that He will bless you and cause you to prosper in life. That is the thrill of walking in agreement with God.


Wouldn't it be nice to belong to a group of peers you can trust and learn from? Just imagine having the opportunity to be a part of something where you can learn about God and grow spiritually in a practical and fun way.


Your need can be met in a Connection group. Dynamic groups meet regularly to encourage, strengthen, and cultivate people like you. Connection groups provide that intimate place to grow in God and to fellowship with other members of our large church family. Life today can throw many tests our way, but you never have to go through them alone.


It is our prayer that every member of Bethel Unspeakable Joy will find a meaningful relationship with the Lord and other believers in our Connection groups.

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