Monday, September 8, 2014

Why Groups Are Essential for Biblical Transformation

By Bob Smietana

Most weeks it’s hard enough to get people to show up for church on Sunday. Does it make sense in today’s hectic world for pastors to ask people to give another evening or morning for group Bible study?

Yes it does, according to a new study by LifeWay Research on the impact of Bible study groups. The study of 3,500 Protestant churchgoers found that being in a group plays an essential role in Christian growth.

The research showed that groups remain one of the most effective tools for learning the habits of faith, such as prayer, Bible study, and serving others. People who regularly attend groups show an increased level of commitment to building their individual relationships with Christ and with others. Simply stated, groups matter.

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