Ways We Gather
Celebration Services: Where we are the Church Gathered
Every Sunday we will gather as a single community to worship the Lord Jesus and celebrate all that he has done. It will be a time to remember the ground of the Gospel and celebrate the fruit of the Gospel in our lives. We will we centered on the Gospel and the Scriptures in all that we do during our gathering. We will preach the Scriptures, Pray the Scriptures, and Proclaim the Scriptures in our songs. As we put God’s grace on display, we will build up one another and show God’s greatness to skeptics, doubters, and those apart from God.
Missional Communities: Where we are the Church to One Another and to the Community
GracePointe Church will be a network of missional communities – small groups of people, joined by the gospel, pursuing the renewal and redemption of their community together. Missional community is the primary way to connect with others at GracePointe and pursue life on mission together, seeking to engage those apart from Christ.
Specifically, Missional Communities are groups of 10-30 people who are living on mission and doing life together. We have defined them as a community of missionaries, deeply committed to Jesus and one another that have radically oriented their lives to making disciples. Each missional community will be strategic about reaching a specific group of people within the community.
Missional Community is at the heart of living out the mission and vision that God has given GracePointe. We cannot do what God has called us to do alone. Jesus calls His people to live in community, living life together as we seek to share the gospel with our friends, neighbors, coworkers and city.
We want to be a movement: we want to be rapidly growing, dynamic, multiplying disciples – just like the early church. To do this, every believer has to get involved in the mission.
Fight Clubs: Where the Church enters into Deep
Discipleship with One Another
A key way to grow in your faith is to go deep into discipleship with a few other people. Jesus did it. The Wesleys did it. C.S. Lewis did it. Maybe you should do it?! Fight Clubs are small, simple groups of 2-3 men or women who meet regularly to help one another fight for faith in the gospel. Steer clear of religious performance and spiritual indifference by centering your faith in the gospel. The goal of Fight Clubs is to repent from sin, rejoice in Christ, and reproduce disciples.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
There are two types of fight clubs–peer and mentor. Peer groups focus on brother to brother/sister to sister type relationships, while mentor groups focus on mother to daughter/father to son relationships (1 Thess 2). Whatever the type, you should focus on how the gospel applies to your lives. We also encourage you to reproduce what you learn by multiplying fight clubs after a season in order to spread God’s grace to more people.
HOW DO I START A FIGHT CLUB?
We recommend that you start by reading the book Gospel-Centered Discipleship by Jonathan Dodson and discussing portions of the book in your first few meetings, especially chapters 3 and 5. For instance, if you don’t follow Text-Theology-Life but do Life-Theology-Text, we’ve found people never get beyond talking about life to the guiding counsel and power of Scripture.
Here are a couple articles to get you started.
Pick Some People
Fight Clubs are relationally driven, so pick people you want to go deep with. Start by checking with people in your Missional Community. Establish an agreed upon level of confidentiality within your group. Make a commitment to one another. Fight Clubs of uncommitted people simply don’t promote gospel-centered discipleship.
Set a Regular Meeting Time
One of the first things you should do is sync your calendars for a regular meeting time. If you don’t schedule a regular meeting time, you won’t meet regularly. Meet once a week or every other week. Allow at least an hour.
Remember, fight for faith in the gospel. For every look at sin, look ten times at Christ!