Announcing Ascension's Growth Groups: Study God's Word with fellow believers in a personal, friendly setting. Share in prayer, ideas, food, and fun- while learning the Scripture!
Growth Groups begin with a Bible study kickoff series: March 7 - 28, 2021
Growth Groups of 8-12 people will meet during the week in the church CEC, at homes or virtually for 12-16 weeks, beginning the week of Oct. 18, 2021 for the purpose of growing deeper in our relationship with God and with each other through study of the Holy Scriptures. A caring and trusting relationship will be built among those involved. This is an ideal opportunity for Christian people to join together and receive Grace.
Growth Groups will be Sunday sermon based for the first year. They will then expand into Books of the Bible studies and topical studies based on WELS recommended Christian books of interest on Biblical doctrine and principles for growing and strengthening our faith and providing for life applications. A Bible Basics Growth Group will be provided for new and interested members, and a future group will also include marriage building.
A Growth Group will meet for 1 1/2 hours weekly. The Agenda will include opening with 30 minutes of reconnecting, snacks, talking, and prayer sharing from previous meetings, followed by a 45-60 minute guided GG Bible Study and with 10 minute of closing prayer sharing. As a part of the time set aside for Christian connecting and sharing, group members are encouraged to share about temptations, anxiety, worry, jealousy and other concerns they have in their lives that are difficult to resist and resolve.
Members share the Word, pray together, and discuss life's challenges!
- Discuss God’s Word and strategies they have found successful for dealing with these real life
situations and concerns. Share applications to real life.
-Read the Bible together.
-Prayers are given and shared for individuals and for the group for God’s intercession. Pray for others
and have others pray for you, bearing one another’s burdens.
-Share hospitality and receive hospitality.
-Grow in our fruits/sanctification and help others grow. Teach & be taught, teach each other.
-Share about the Spiritual War that is really happening and how Satan, Our Sinful Nature the
Sinful World tries to wage war.
-Get our Joy: Share victories and rejoice in the blessings with brothers and sisters in Christ.
-Stay true to GG Values of “Staying in Bounds” – what is said in confidence in GG’s, stays in GG’s,
praying rather than ‘fixing’ – 1 Cor. 13:4-5 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does
not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it
keeps no record of wrongs.”
-Growth Groups Agendas are centered around the previous Sunday’s sermon, with discussion and
dialogue stimulating questions provided by Pastor. GG’s can also center on study of a Book of the
Bible or doctrinal interest books with application to real life, with follow up discussion questions
provided. Group members will have the opportunity to discuss and understand God’s Word and
putting the Word into practice in our lives.
- Groups will explore community-based volunteer outreach service projects for
sharing God’s love. Ideas may include but are not limited to, getting information from Local
Food Pantries, Children’s Assistance, Senior’s Assistance Programs, Mayors Feed the Hungry, All Faiths Food Bank, Baby Basics of Sarasota, Senior Friendship Center,
- Explore collaboration with Risen Savior Growth Groups on any above noted or other outreach projects.