UPWARD. We are to love God with our whole being. Jesus tells us that the “first and greatest commandment” is to: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matt. 22:37).
INWARD. We are to love each other. Jesus further says, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:39). To genuinely love your neighbor as yourself means: “do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility, consider others better than yourselves. Look not only to your own interests but the interests of others” (Phil. 2:3-4).
- OUTWARD. We are to reach out and love those who do not yet know Jesus Christ. In John 17:18, we read this, “As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.” In order to follow Jesus Christ, we will have to get out of our comfort zone and love the people that God has strategically placed in our lives. We don’t want to sit back and hope that people come to our worship services. Instead, we will live as missionaries in our neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and in everyday life.
Small groups have been around in one version or another since the first followers of Jesus Christ walked this earth. Acts records that besides meeting in the temple courts every day, the first believers also met in homes where they broke bread together and shared their lives together. For these early Christians, meeting in homes was a critical part of church life that also fueled the spreading of the Gospel (Acts 2:48). We consider our Life Groups here at New Life to be the backbone of the church!
Group members share their lives together in authentic relationship as each person grows deeper in their relationship with God. Life Groups provide an environment of loving accountability in which we discover and develop our gifts as we discuss, understand, and apply what God is teaching us.
We also seek to be external as we serve the needy in the area and reach out in everyday natural relationships to family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. We believe in the priesthood of every believer—ministry is not the sole responsibility of church staff, but is the privilege of every follower of Jesus. As Life Group members maintain an outward focus they grow closer together and see their own lives transformed in the process.
Small groups are in fact an expression of two elements, the very heart of God and the need of humanity. We are entering into and most likely have arrived at a period in time when community expressed in Life Groups will be of the utmost importance in the body of Christ. But what is this “Community”? Bonheoffer expressed it as, “Life together”. Consider for a moment that God exists in community, and just as God created us as individuals, separate and unique; He has always intended us to “live together”. So please COME with us and discover a place where you can “live together” with other believers.
We have Life Groups meeting throughout the week in various homes. We would love to have you get involved. More information is available at the Info Center in the foyer of the church or you can call the church office (605.886.1977).
Leaders: Rick & Diann Irwin, Dave & Sherry Dalke
Meets in homes, 6:30pm, every other week
Leaders: Mike & Michelle Tomlinson
- Meets in homes, 7:00pm, every other week
Leaders: Mike & Mary Goldade
Meets at Goldades' home, 6:30pm, 2nd & 4th Tuesdays
Leaders: Bob Johnson, Kurt Voge
- Meets in homes, 6:30pm, every week
Leaders: Mark & LaDonna Rodvold
- Meets at Rodvolds' home, 3:00pm, every week
Leaders: Tim & Diana Heinz, Steve Koistinen
- Meets at Heinz's home, 6:30pm, every week
Leaders: Michael & Marcie Wallenmeyer
- Meets at Wallenmeyers' home, 6:30pm, every week
Leaders: Doug & Lynn Anderson, Steve & Monica Zirbel
Meets at Andersons' home, 6:30pm, every week
saturDAY women's GROUP
Leader: Michaelle Peterson
Meets at Michaelle's home, 5:00pm, every week