What Is Church?
Too often people think church means attending a weekly program. But Jesus said church was more...much more.
Jesus said church meant relationships. It meant being part of a group of people who care about each other. Who weep when each other weeps and rejoice when each other rejoices. Who sincerely listen to each other and earnestly pray for each other. Who strengthen each other with encouragement and meaningful Scriptures. And who join together to reach out to a hurting world.
Church is not a meeting you attend,
it’s a group of people you know and love.
This is both a great joy and a great responsibility. Jesus taught that passionate, Christ-centered community is essential if we are going to keep persevering in the faith (Luke 22:31-32). Other believers need your love and encouragement if they are going to continue in the faith – and you need their love and encouragement.
So how can we experience this level of relationship and community? One way is through Home Groups.
What Are Home Groups?
Home Groups are inter-generational groups of around 6 to 15 people who meet together regularly to share joys and struggles, study the Bible, pray for each other, and labor on mission to see more people come to know Christ.
People meet for an hour or two and participate at whatever level they feel comfortable with. If you just want to sit and observe – that’s fine!
How Can You Get Involved?
If you are interested in checking out Home Group life at Mercy Hill, here are some next steps:
- Explore our interactive map to find the Home Group(s) you'd like to visit (click on each pinned location for details on leadership, meeting time, and contact info).
- Contact the Home Group leaders to schedule a visit.
- Join one of the groups as you feel the Lord leads. Know and love them. Allow yourself to be known and loved by them. And together enjoy a clearer glimpse of the Lord in His glory.
- If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us. We're happy to help!
For more regarding our vision for Home Groups see The 20/20 Vision.