Life Groups: Places to Belong

In our church, we have a variety of life groups to which you can belong. See which of these feel more comfortable for you.

A Place of CARING
Jesus commanded us to "love one another" (John 13:34). A life group is a place where you will be accepted and loved. No one will judge you. Instead, group members will encourage you, pray for you, and be there for you when you need a friend.

A Place of SHARING
Scripture teaches us to "admonish each other" (Colossians 1:28, 3:16) and to "speak the truth in love" (Ephesians 4:15). All of our groups provide an opportunity to study the Scriptures and apply them to our lives. We learn from and teach each other. 

A Place of PRAYING
We are also encouraged to "pray for each other" (James 5:16). As we get to know each other better, we feel free to share more deeply. Our prayer times for each other become very real and alive.

A Place of TELLING
We're told to "Go and make disciples" (Matthew 28:19) by working together to reach out to and connect with our friends, neighbors, relatives, and coworkers who need Christ. We pray together and work together, building relationships that enable us to effectively tell them about the love, joy, grace, and truth of the gospel to those in need.

We encourage you to find a place where you'll feel accepted, a place to belong with friends (Galatians 3:29). Please join one of our life groups.

• Small-group opportunities for you at Big Trees Church:
Women's Bible Study Group meets at the church every Wednesday, starting at 10:00 a.m.

Men's Breakfast and Bible Study Group meets at the church on the third Saturday morning of the month at 8:00 a.m.

Wednesday Evening Prayer Group meets at the church every Wednesday evening, starting at 6:30 p.m.

• Life Groups at Big Trees Church now meet regularly:
Schonert: Jim and Rosemary Schonert host a life group that meets at 193 Dutch Kate, Murphys Diggins, every Sunday evening, starting at 6:00 p.m. Contact

Syverson: "Coffee and Conversation at the Bistro with Pastor Jeff," Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. We meet at Bistro Espresso, Cedar Center, Arnold. Contact for more information.

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another."

— John 13:34
He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.

— Colossians 1:28
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

— Colossians 3:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

— James 5:16
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, . . .

— Matthew 28:19
If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

— Galatians 3:29