Grow Your Community Group: 15 Ideas for “Off” Weeks

The Community Groups at Lincroft Bible Church meet twice per month. As groups pastor, I believe that every model and method has its pros and cons. For our busy Northeastern culture, having groups twice a month has some distinct advantages. One of those is that it gives great flexibility and freedom to the group leaders. They can minister to their groups in the “off” weeks in creative ways, without facing the pressure of having to lead a group meeting every single week. Here are 15 ideas of things to do during an “off” to build your Community Group:

1. One-on-One Discipleship

Meet with someone in your group one-on-one. Dig into a book of the Bible together. Read a Christian book.

2. Accountability Groups

Meet in a smaller group of men and/or women to confess sin, pray together, and counsel one another.

3. Watch a TV show together

Follow a show as a group and get everyone together. Make popcorn. Heather and I followed The Amazing Race with friends every Sunday while we lived in Louisville. Plus, a show like that is a kid friendly option.

4. Watch sports together

It is football season after all!

5. Have a standing reservation at a restaurant for dinner

You have to eat dinner each week. Why not eat together? If no one shows up…date night!

6. Meet for happy hour together

This wouldn’t work in the South.

7. Girls Night!

Bring all the kiddos (and dads) to one house. Girls go out.

8. Go to lunch together after church

Everyone is usually hungry after church. Food is a great community builder!

9. Go to the park together on a Saturday

Look at all the kids roaming free!

10. Rotate hosting Saturday brunch

Breakfast food is great for any meal. And I mean any meal.

11. “Adopt” a ministry together

Have everyone serve in the same ministry. Here are some ideas: LBC Kids, Nursery, childcare for MOPS, etc.

12. Rotate prayer walking through your group’s various neighborhood

Exercise!–Both physical and spiritual

13. Go to the gym together

Working out is always easier…Wait a minute…Working out is never easy…But it is more motivating when you have someone to go with

14. Play in a sports league together

Softball, soccer, basketball, you name it. Just play it.

15. Sit together in church

You will be amazed how much you can grow in your relationships by using small chunks of time.

So those are my ideas. What are yours?

What Does it Mean to be “Biblical”?

Kingdom through covenantIn order to be biblical in our theology we must take seriously what Scripture claims to be. What, then, does Scripture claim for itself?…We affirm that Scripture is God’s Word written, the product of God’s mighty action through the Word and by the Holy Spirit whereby human authors freely wrote exactly what God intended to be written and without error…It is crucial that we read Scripture in such a way that we do justice to the Bible’s unfolding storyline–to the Bible’s own presentation and in the Bible’s own categories–as it leads us to Christ and all that he has achieved for us. We must, in in other words, let Scripture speak for itself in its own structures and categories, i.e., on its own terms.

Stephen Wellum and Peter Gentry, Kingdom Through Covenant, pp. 83, 91.

Jesus Is the Temple (and so much more)


Old Testament “Shadow” Fulfillment in Christ
The Priesthood Christ is the True, Eternal Priest
“The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing, but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently” (Hebrews 7:23-24)
The Sacrifices Christ brought in eternal redemption through His sacrifice
“Not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption” (Hebrews 9:12)
The Temple Christ is the place where God’s presence can truly be found
“He was speaking of the temple of His body” (John 2:21)
The Curtain of the Temple

(which separates the Most Holy Place from the rest of the Temple)

Christ’s body is the true curtain which was torn so that we could be accepted by God
“Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh…” (Hebrews 10:19)
The Mercy Seat Christ is the Mercy Seat, the place where God’s wrath was truly poured out
“God displayed publicly [Jesus] as a propitiation in His blood through faith” (Romans 3:25)
The word “propitiation” refers to the Mercy Seat found in the temple. It was the place where the blood of the sacrifice was sprinkled to avert God’s wrath.

When Theology is Not Theology

Some claim we need those who are intentionally ‘on a par’ with academic theologians in our universities to engage with contemporary theological issues. To a large extent, however, contemporary theology is pursued by people who make no pretense of being ‘Christian,’ working in non-confessional institutions. If true theology is the fruit of engagement with the Bible set in the context of the local church, then much of what passes for theology is not theology at all. Why do we allow such people to set the agenda?

–Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Total Church, p. 161.