“Fellowship is not when two saints get together. Fellowship is when two saints get together and talk about Jesus!”
~ Paul Washer
Home Fellowship Groups (HFG’s) are designed to help believers encourage and challenge each other to consistently apply the truths of God’s Word to every area of their lives. This Biblical accountability will help you to grow, both in your knowledge of God and also in the godliness of your Christian walk. HFG’s are one of CBC’s primary vehicles for discipleship and for meeting the needs of each person who is a part of our church family.
Each HFG meets three to four times a month and is led by a trained HFG Leader. Lasting typically between 1-2 hours HFG meetings include time for prayer, fellowship, accountability, and of course, Bible study. This format allows whole families to attend together.
These Bible studies are sermon-based. This does NOT mean that they are simply the last Sunday’s sermon served up cold during the week! Rather, the studies are designed to take the participants deeper into the Scriptures, pursuing the topic(s) of the sermon further than is possible during one hour in the Worship Service. There is also a deliberate focus on application–taking the truths taught on Sunday, and applying them to the nuts and bolts of daily life. Any parent or teacher knows the value of going over the same material, not just once, but twice, with differing illustrations and emphases.
The study questions will be available in the bulletin every Sunday, and they will also be posted on the CBC website. We strongly encourage people to work through these questions ahead of time so that they are truly prepared to discuss them in their HFG.
These groups are intended to edify CBC member families and regular attenders. However, the HFG’s are also open to church visitors and interested neighbors, or other unbelievers who might be persuaded to come to a small group. We will ask people to sign up for a specific HFG, and when that group is as big as the space in that the home will allow, the group will be closed. Because of this, we will be asking people to be COMMITTED to attending the HFG for which they sign up.
HFG’s meet Wednesday & Thursday evenings, depending on the host family availability.
The goal is to have two HFG semesters, one beginning in mid-September and running to December, and the other from mid-January to the end of May. During the summer months we will offer different summer courses, each lasting 6-8 weeks, on topics such as Theology, Marriage and Family, Parenting, etc.
CBC families open their homes to host these groups. Some groups might also meet at the church. We try to scatter these locations around the area so everyone can find a group somewhere near them.
or hosting an HFG?
Speak with the either the pastor or one of the elders, and they will help you find the best way you can be involved. A great place to start is to begin regularly attending an HFG, and ask the leader or host to train you in what they do. Hosting an HFG or leading one is not as difficult as you might think, and the rewards are eternal!