We, the shepherds of the Legacy Church of Christ, see the mission from our Lord as three-fold: to APPLY the Word to our individual and church family lives, to CONNECT with each other as a family of God, and to EVANGELIZE our community for Jesus. To better answer that clear call from Holy Scripture, we believe this church should meet weekly in small groups, house-to-house, “to be kind to each other and to everyone else.”
Meeting together more frequently is paramount as we “consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” We believe these weekly Small Groups meetings will serve to better encourage and support the church model we see in the “one another” passages in the Bible: “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves…share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality” (Rom. 12:9-13). “Accept one another” (Rom. 15:7). “Serve one another in love” (Gal. 5:13). “Be kind and compassionate to one another” (Eph. 4:32). “Teach and admonish one another” (Col. 3:16).
Small Groups will meet weekly in each others homes to spend time together in the Word, to share the fellowship of a common meal, and to minister to one another in a more intimate and familiar setting. Small Groups will reach out to friends in the community and introduce them to Jesus through his people. And Small Groups will frequently multiply to include newcomers to Legacy in an ever-widening circle of Christian friends.
The Biblical model of “fishers of men” is not our familiar image of a single person with a fishing pole. First century fishermen worked together as a group, with large nets, helping each other with the fishing process.
Small Groups provide a non-threatening setting in which people who are not yet believers can be introduced to the Good News of salvation in Jesus. It is the Christ himself who tells us that our love for each other, in visible and practical ways, is our best evangelistic tool (John 13:34-35). Our friends will “hear the music and ask for the words.”
Small Groups will meet every Sunday evening during the school year followed by an “off period” during the summer for congregational meetings and events at the building.
New Small Groups sign-ups and co-leader training will be held every 12 months.
Each Small Group will have the flexibility to decide where to meet and what to eat. And each group is encouraged to share responsibilities among the members, using their individual talents for the good of the group.
“They worshiped together regularly…, met in small groups in homes…, shared their meals with great joy and thankfulness, praising God.” Acts 2:46