Small Groups - Grow Groups


What Are Grow Groups?

Grow groups are groups of varying size that meet regularly to spiritually train and develop in a specific area of life. This is usually born out, though not always, through Biblical studies.


When And Where Do Grow Groups Meet?

Grow groups typically meet on a weekly basis and usually on Wednesday and Sunday evenings. Some groups, however, meet at other times during the week. Grow groups meet at the church, in people's homes, and at other locations in and around the Kyle area.


Who Can Participate In Grow Groups?

Most grow groups are open to any and all persons that wish to participate. There may be the occasional grow group, however, that has limited participation. This is usually the result of limited space, resources, or specific circumstances that dictate limited attendance. Be sure to check on participation details when reviewing the grow groups.


What Is The Emphasis Of Grow Groups?

The emphasis of grow groups is to help young Christians grow to mature spiritual leaders in Christ Jesus and in their respective areas of giftedness (Hebrews 6:1 , Ephesians 4:13 ).


What Do Grow Groups Focus On?

  • Specific studies (recovery, finances, worship team, media, shepherd's house, parenting, family, prayer, etc.).
  • Systematic, institutional, or developmental studies (spiritual formation, spiritual gifts, spiritual disciplines, how to study Scripture, apologetics, evangelism, missions, doctrinal classes, biblical languages, leadership, etc.).
  • Topical studies
  • Exegetical studies (interpretive studies of Biblical text)

The Four Stages Of Spiritual Maturity

Grow groups vary tremendously in the subjects that are discussed and the in the level of Spiritual maturity of the members that make up those groups. Without an understanding of what is being discussed and who is attending, a new believer in Jesus Christ could easily get overwhelmed with the subject matter. To help alleviate this, First Baptist Church Kyle has defined four stages of spiritual maturity that mirror the four basic stages in the life cycle of a plant. Specifically, the four stages of spiritual maturity are the seed stage, the root stage, the growth stage, and the fruit stage. Each grow group at First Baptist Church Kyle is identified by a specific stage to help assist you in choosing a grow group that is best suited for your personal level of Spiritual maturity. Click on the stages below to learn more and look for these icons when selecting a grow group.

The seed stage is for new believers in Christ that are just getting started on their journey with Christ. It is about spiritual formation in God at this stage.

Types of Studies/Educational Techniques
  • Pastor led worship services
  • Open small group basic level practical Bible book studies: Proverbs, Jonah, John, Colossians, James
  • Open small group or personal foundational studies and disciplines
    • "Experiencing God" by Henry Blackaby
    • "The New Way of Living, Foundational Bible Studies" by Larry Kreider
    • "How to Study Your Bible" by Kay Arthur
    • "Teach Me How to Pray" by Kay Arthur
    • "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan
    • "Fruits of the Spirit" by Beth Moore
    • "Believing God" by Beth Moore
    • Crown Financial ministries and studies
  • Personal short Bible devotionals
  • A person from the Fruit Stage should personally mentor, counsel, coach, and help these new seed believers (men with men and women with women).
Marks
  • Spiritual new birth, regeneration, and conversion (John 3, 2 Corinthians 5:17)
  • Christ as Savior
  • Knowledge or repentance and salvation from a Biblical perspective
  • Introduced to the promises of God
  • Understanding the fruits of the Holy Spirit and beginning to display them
  • Inner reality of life change begins to have outward expression, confession
  • Water baptism- public identification with Christ
  • Tithing/Stewardship
  • Beginning to learn how to hear from God, short quiet times of solitude and prayer
  • Beginning to realize the presence of God in every aspect of life
  • Fellowshipping with other believers
  • Beginning to share what God has done in them, being a witness
  • Personal prayer journaling
  • Peace with God

The root stage is for believers who are now digging deeper into the things of Christ and getting to know how God has designed them.

Types of Studies/Educational Techniques
  • Closed small group root level doctrinal Bible book studies- Genesis, Exodus, Isaiah, Hosea, Matthew, Luke, Acts, Romans
  • Closed small group or personal establishment level studies and disciplines
  • "Share Jesus Without Fear" by William Fay, or other biblical evangelism studies
  • "Radical" and "Follow Me" by David Platt
  • "Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren
  • "The Key to Triumphant Living" by Jack Taylor
  • "Breakthrough Prayer: The Power of Connecting with the Heart of God" by Jim Cymbala
  • "Discerning the Voice of God" by Priscilla Schier
  • "Kingdom Men" by Adrian Rogers
  • Biblical Worldview studies, breaking down the distinctions of sacred and secular
    • Marriage, family, and sexuality
    • Abortion
    • False religious systems
    • Science and God
    • "Total Truth" by Nancy Pearcy
Marks
  • Christ as Lord, filled, immersed, and walking in the Holy Spirit
  • Begin to realize transformational spiritual character habits and traits
  • Knowledge of the spiritual giftings by the Holy Spirit
  • Taught principles on how to share their faith to others with love
  • More fully realizing the presence of God in every aspect of life, developing the mind of Christ
  • Realizing the promises of God
  • Learning how to give above and beyond
  • Have a definite Bible reading plan and consistent quiet time with the Lord
  • Developing deep care and concern for other people
  • Learning how to give up rights: fasting, simplicity, solitude, etc.
  • Peace in God

The growth stage is for developing believers who are beginning to spread out with their God-given gifts and abilities as they abide in the Lord's vine.

Types of Studies/Educational Techniques
  • Closed small group enriching level Bible book studies- Historical books, Prophetic books, Wisdom literature, Epistles to the churches
  • Closed small group precepts Bible studies from Kay Arthur
  • Closed small group servant-leadership development classes- learning what kind of leader they are
    • "You Were Made for More: The Life You Have, the Life God Wants You to Have" by Jim Cymbala
  • Closed small group training in biblical counseling, mentoring, coaching, and helping (care)
    • "Counseling by the Book" by David Pennelly
  • Closed small group spiritual warfare Bible studies
    • "The Invisible War: What Every Believer Needs to Know about Satan, Demons, and Spirit Warfare" by Chip Ingram
    • "Bait of Satan" by John Bevere
    • "Praying God's Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds" by Beth Moore
    • "When the Enemy Strikes" by Charles Stanley
Marks
  • Development of spiritual gifts and God's purposes for one's life in regard to talents and abilities, understanding where they fit in the body of Christ, finding their identity in Christ Jesus
  • Apprentice work in spiritual giftings
  • Becoming a faithful witness of the things of God
  • Learning to walk by faith and not by sight
  • Memorizing and meditating on the Word of God each day
  • Identification of generational sins and personal strongholds and having breakthrough to conquer them with the power of the Holy Spirit
  • Living a consistent sanctified life, consecrated to God
  • Developing trust in the promises of God
  • Using past hurts and experiences to help others
  • Become more and more established in giving up rights to God and others
  • Peace of God through trials and tribulations, developing persistence and endurance

The fruit stage is for mature believers who are producing the multiplying fruit of God.

Types of Studies/Educational Techniques
  • Closed small group studies oversight and discernment level Bible study books- 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Daniel, 1 & 2 Peter, Revelations
  • Closed small group ongoing discipleship training studies
    • Systematic Theologies
    • Studying biblical languages
    • Exegetical studies guided by the Holy Spirit using biblical languages and scholarly commentaries
    • Preaching classes and training
    • Closed small group leadership level studies
    • "Miracles" by C.S. Lewis
    • "Strategic Disciple Making" by Aubrey Malphurs
    • "Multiply" by Francis Chan
    • "When God's Spirit Moves" by Jim Cymbala
Marks
  • Completely following Christ's teachings, mastery level in spiritual fruits and disciplines
  • Love one another unconditionally
  • Abiding deeply in Christ Jesus, praying without ceasing
  • Poured out to produce spiritual fruit in areas of spiritual giftedness
  • Leading people in discipleship themselves- mentoring, counseling, coaching, and helping
  • Consistently doing evangelism and serving the needs of others in ministry
  • Taking up their cross daily and following the Lord with persistence and endurance, no quit in them, relentless pursuit of the Lord and His will
  • All spiritual wisdom and discernment
  • Ministering peace and grace
  • Resting in the promises of God in every way
  • Able to biblically and lovingly correct and discipline the saints in the church
  • Spiritual oversight as a servant

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