Small groups at Westkirk are one of the ways that we seek to engage in discipleship. They are an opportunity for us, as believers, to grow in holiness (Ephesians 4:11-16; WCF 25.3), model Christ, and nurture one another as we walk together through life. Small groups provide a venue in which believers can:
- Spend time in the Word: The Small Group ministry at Westkirk is primarily about building relationships and serving one another. Even still, although they are not designed to be Bible studies, small groups do spend some time looking ahead to the passage of Scripture that the upcoming sermon will be based on. This is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with the passage and see how it applies to your life, and the life of your group.
- Pray: Small groups give opportunity for us to pray together with other believers (Matt. 18:20; Rom. 12:12; James 5:13). This is a time to ask the Lord to use his Word in our lives to change us into the image of Christ. It is a time to confess our sins together (James 5:16). It is a time for us to praise the Lord for what he has done (Col. 4:2). It is a time to intercede for other believers, local and abroad (Phil. 4:5-7). It is a time to petition the Lord for the salvation of those who are lost in their sins.
- Fellowship: This is focus point for Small Groups at Westkirk. Jesus tells us that we are to love one another as he has loved us (Jn. 13:34-35, 15:12). The small group setting is a wonderful place for this kind of love to be displayed. When we work toward this kind of close fellowship we have the opportunity to “bear one another’s burdens” (Gal. 6:2), share material blessings with those who are in need (2 Cor. 9:13), gently correct each other when we are in sin (Gal. 6:1), support one another in times of distress (1 Cor. 12:26; Rom. 12:15), and encourage one another’s faith (Rom. 1:11-12; 1 Thess 5:11, 14).
- Mission: Through the Word, prayer, and growing fellowship, we pray that small groups would be motivated by the power of the gospel and a love for Christ to reach others and serve where God has gifted each person (Heb 10:24-25; James 1:22-25). Small groups ought not to be merely focused inward but have an outward face as well. This will look different in every small group, but at the very least, small groups should be spurring one another on to engage in personal evangelism with unbelievers.
If you are not in a group and are interested in joining a small group, please contact the church office at 515-253-0330 and ask for Pastor Styles Stadtlander. You can also find a list of our groups here: https://westkirk.churchcenter.com/groups