Gospel Community Groups

What is the purpose of Gospel Community Groups?

Gospel Community Groups provide an environment where members of Emmaus are able to build deep relationships with one another. Members are able to love, pray for, learn from, rely on, and share with one another in practical ways.

Who is able to join a Gospel Community Group?

When a group forms it will be remain open for about two months. Members of Emmaus Christian Fellowship may join the group by speaking to the leader or to a Pastor. If you have not yet become a member of Emmaus we ask that you would begin by talking with a Pastor to determine where best to begin the discipleship process at Emmaus. While Gospel Community Groups are well suited for those with Christians foundations, they do not provide the structure or systematic instruction needed by those young in the faith. The Introduction to the Christian Faith class would be better suited for the new believer or those lacking Christian foundations. Please speak with a Pastor soon to determine how best to progress.

What is the focus of conversation? 

The discussion within Gospel Community Groups will typically center around sharing life with one another and discussing the sermon from the previous Sunday. GCG Study Questions are posted each Sunday on the website and on The City.

How long will Gospel Community Groups stay together?

After  the two month “open” period the group will covenant together for 1 1/2 to 2 years and become a “closed” group. When the covenant is up the group will discuss the best course of action. Perhaps someone in the group will go through the training process and lead a new GCG; perhaps the GCG will disband, each member joining another group; or perhaps the groups will re-covenat together for another period of time. Our desire is that groups (leaders and participants) would regularly assess their effectiveness, the needs within the church, and their own personal situation in life.

What is the desired effect of Gospel Community Groups?

Beyond the obvious desire to see individuals encouraged in Christ, we would also like the see Gospel Community Groups encourage members to use their spiritual gifts within the church, community, and nations. Our hope is that group members grow in their love for God, their love for one another, and in their service as ambassadors for Christ in the community.

What should I do if I am new to Emmaus, am wanting to connect, but not ready to commit to the church as a member?

As you can see, Gospel Community Groups require commitment. They are for the members of Emmaus (or, under certain circumstances, those clearly committed but not yet members  – please talk with a Pastor). Please keep in mind that there are a lot of others ways to get connected at Emmaus. For example, you can come to worship on the Lord’s Day regularly and stay afterwards to visit with others. You can attend Emmaus Essentials classes before the service at 9:00. You can begin to meet with a Pastor for further guidance concerning involvement at Emmaus, or set up an appointment for counseling if there is something particular that needs to be addressed. you can attend men’s or women’s events, or simply begin to build casual relationships with others at Emmaus. We also offer discipleship groups which meet throughout the week. The reason we typically require membership for involvement GCG’s is to maintain an environment where members can share openly, knowing that those in the group have committed themselves to the church in a meaningful way.

Why don’t Gospel Community Groups concentrate on topical studies?

Emmaus Christian Fellowship offers a more “academic” study of the scriptures through the Emmaus Essentials theology courses offered throughout the year. We separate the academic emphasis from the relational emphasis, not because the two are contrary to one another, but because we believe that greater depth will be experienced in both areas when separated in this way. We encourage regular involvement in Corporate Worship, Gospel Community Groups, and Emmaus Essentials. We call these the Emmaus 3.

DAY/TIME LEADER TYPE STATUS
Tues @ 6:30PM Robyn Mucelli Women OPEN Through October 2017
Wed @ 6:30PM Jon Severns (Idyllwild) Couples OPEN
Thurs @ 7:00PM Nick Mucelli Men CLOSED
Wed @ 9:30AM Linda Fricker Women CLOSED
Thurs @ 6:30PM Dave and Cathy Anady Couples CLOSED
Thurs @ 6:00PM Mike & Janna Thezier Couples CLOSED

GROUP RESOURCES

» GCG Diagram
» GCG Covenant

GCG WEEKLY QUESTIONS

Sermon Qs 10/22/17
posted on Sunday, October 22nd by Russell

Text: Romans 12:1-8 (read as group)
Notes: emmauscf.org/sermons
Begin with sharing general thoughts about the Sermon/Sermon Text
1. What is the significance of the “Therefore” statement at the beginning of Romans Chapter 12? Discuss. 
2. What does it mean, practically, to offer up your body as a living sacrifice? Discuss. 
3. Are you currently living this way? As a living sacrifice to God? Why or why not? What, if anything, needs to change? Share.

Family Application: Discuss this week’s Catechism questions and share how to communicate these truths to your family.

Gospel Sharing Application: Share about ways in which you have been able to share, proclaim, display, or model the Gospel during this last week.

Suggested verse for meditation: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:1-2‬ ‭NIV‬‬
http://bible.com/111/rom.12.1-2.niv

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